Devereux by Edward Bulwer Lytton

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

Devereux is a tale in the form of an autobiography. The hero, who, by his dash and effrontery reminds us of "Pelham", moves through the sunshine and shadows of life with confident, unfaltering steps, hobnobs with heroes, statesmen, wits, and philosophers, basks in the smiles of kings, becomes by turns wit, soldier, diplomatist, and bon vivant, and closes his story at the age of thirty-four with a glorification of experience as the one thing best fitted "to soften the heart of man, and to elevate the soul to God. ” Among the other characters introduced, the most interesting are his two brothers, Aubrey and Gerald; his garrulous, but genial, kindly old uncle, Sir William Devereux, who was twenty years out of fashion in his dress, and told the wittiest stories in the world, omitting nothing but the point; Montreuil, a French Jesuit priest, — a vivid personification of the individual merged in the system; and Isora, a lovely Spanish maiden, whom Devereux marries, — a beautiful creation, worthy of the author's genius.

Table of Contents:

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE PRESENT EDITION.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHER'S INTRODUCTION.
NOTE TO THE PRESENT EDITION (1852).

BOOK I.
CHAPTER I.
Of the Hero's Birth and Parentage. — Nothing can differ more from the End of Things than their Beginning
CHAPTER II.
A Family Consultation. — A Priest, and an Era in Life
CHAPTER III.
A Change in Conduct and in Character: our evil Passions will sometimes produce good Effects; and on the contrary, an Alteration for the better in Manners will, not unfrequently, have amongst its Causes a little Corruption of Mind; for the Feelings are so blended that, in suppressing those disagreeable to others, we often suppress those which are amiable in themselves
CHAPTER IV.
A Contest of Art and a League of Friendship. — Two Characters in mutual Ignorance of each other, and the Reader no wiser than either of them
CHAPTER V.
Rural Hospitality. — An extraordinary Guest. — A Fine Gentleman is not necessarily a Fool
CHAPTER VI.
A Dialogue, which might be dull if it were longer
CHAPTER VII.
A Change of Prospects. — A new Insight into the Character of the Hero. — A Conference between two Brothers
CHAPTER VIII.
First Love
CHAPTER IX.
A Discovery and a Departure
CHAPTER X.
A very short Chapter, — containing a Valet
CHAPTER XI.
The Hero acquits himself honourably as a Coxcomb. — A Fine Lady of the Eighteenth Century, and a fashionable Dialogue; the Substance of fashionable Dialogue being in all Centuries the same
CHAPTER XII.
The Abbe's Return. — A Sword, and a Soliloquy
CHAPTER XIII.
A mysterious Letter. — A Duel. — The Departure of one of the Family
CHAPTER XIV.
Being a Chapter of Trifles
CHAPTER XV.
The Mother and Son. — Virtue should be the Sovereign of the Feelings, not their Destroyer

BOOK II.
CHAPTER I.
The Hero in London. — Pleasure is often the shortest, as it is the earliest road to Wisdom, and we may say of the World what Zeal-of-the-Land-Busy says of the Pig-Booth, "We escape so much of the other Vanities by our early Entering"
CHAPTER II.
Gay Scenes and Conversations. — The New Exchange and the Puppet-Show. — The Actor, the Sexton, and the Beauty
CHAPTER III.
More Lions
CHAPTER IV.
An intellectual Adventure
CHAPTER V.
The Beau in his Den, and a Philosopher discovered
CHAPTER VI.
A universal Genius. — Pericles turned Barber. — Names of Beauties in 171-. — The Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club
CHAPTER VII.
A Dialogue of Sentiment succeeded by the Sketch of a Character, in whose Eyes Sentiment was to Wise Men what Religion is to Fools; namely, a Subject of Ridicule
CHAPTER VIII.
Lightly won, lightly lost. — A Dialogue of equal Instruction and Amusement. — A Visit to Sir Godfrey Kneller
CHAPTER IX.
A Development of Character, and a long Letter; a Chapter, on the whole, more important than it seems
CHAPTER X.
Being a short Chapter, containing a most important Event
CHAPTER XI.
Containing more than any other Chapter in the Second Book of this History

BOOK III.
CHAPTER I.
Wherein the History makes great Progress and is marked by one important Event in Human Life
CHAPTER II.
Love; Parting; a Death-Bed. — After all human Nature is a beautiful Fabric; and even its Imperfections are not odious to him who has studied the Science of its Architecture, and formed a reverent Estimate of its Creator
CHAPTER III.
A great Change of Prospects
CHAPTER IV.
An Episode. — The Son of the Greatest Man who (one only excepted) ever rose to a Throne, but by no means of the Greatest Man (save one) who ever existed
CHAPTER V.
In which the Hero shows Decision on more Points than one. — More of Isora's Character is developed
CHAPTER VI.
An Unexpected Meeting. — Conjecture and Anticipation
CHAPTER VII.
The Events of a Single Night.--Moments make the Hues in which Years are coloured

BOOK IV.
CHAPTER I.
A Re-entrance into Life through the Ebon Gate, Affliction
CHAPTER II.
Ambitious Projects
CHAPTER III.
The real Actors Spectators to the false ones
CHAPTER IV.
Paris. — A Female Politician, and an Ecclesiastical One. — Sundry other Matters
CHAPTER V.
A Meeting of Wits. — Conversation gone out to Supper in her Dress of Velvet and Jewels
CHAPTER VI.
A Court, Courtiers, and a King
CHAPTER VII.
Reflections. — A Soiree. — The Appearance of one important in the History. — A Conversation with Madame de Balzac highly satisfactory and cheering. — A Rencontre with a curious old Soldier. — The Extinction of a once great Luminary
CHAPTER VIII.
In which there is Reason to fear that Princes are not invariably free from Human Peccadilloes
CHAPTER IX.
A Prince, an Audience, and a Secret Embassy
CHAPTER X.
Royal Exertions for the Good of the People
CHAPTER XI.
An Interview

BOOK V.
CHAPTER I.
A Portrait
CHAPTER II.
The Entrance into Petersburg. — A Rencontre with an inquisitive and mysterious Stranger. — Nothing like Travel
CHAPTER III.
The Czar. — The Czarina. — A Feast at a Russian Nobleman's
CHAPTER IV.
Conversations with the Czar. — If Cromwell was the greatest Man (Caesar excepted) who ever rose to the Supreme Power, Peter was the greatest Man ever born to it
CHAPTER V.
Return to Paris. — Interview with Bolingbroke. — A gallant Adventure. — Affair with Dubois. — Public Life is a Drama, in which private Vices generally play the Part of the Scene-shifters
CHAPTER VI.
A long Interval of Years. — A Change of Mind and its Causes

BOOK VI.
CHAPTER I.
The Retreat
CHAPTER II.
The Victory
CHAPTER III.
The Hermit of the Well
CHAPTER IV.
The Solution of many Mysteries.--A dark View of the Life and Nature of Man
CHAPTER V.
In which the History makes a great Stride towards the final Catastrophe. — The Return to England, and the Visit to a Devotee
CHAPTER VI.
The Retreat of a celebrated Man, and a Visit to a great Poet
CHAPTER VII.
The Plot approaches its Denouement
CHAPTER VIII.
The Catastrophe

CONCLUSION

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