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Combined Maze

May Sinclair

Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and soul. He loves the girlish and athletic Winny Dymond, and particularly loves participating with her in the Combined Maze, a choreographed, intricate, exhilarating group gymnastic ritual in which the young men and women of the Polytechnic Gymnasium demonstrate their skills. Unfortunately, Ranny falls under the spell of the seductive Violet, a sexual free spirit who wants nothing more than to live an untrammelled life on her own terms. When, to her astonishment and horror, Violet becomes pregnant, Ranny dutifully marries her against her will, entangling himself and her in a deadly new Combined Maze of social conventions intended to suppress and subdue the elemental passions that give color to Life. May Sinclair draws her readers in with a quiet, unobtrusive, Victorian prose that seems completely in tune with the conventional proprieties of her society, but goes on in the same seditious, unassuming tone to tell stories of sensuality, adultery, seduction, divorce, and betrayal, quietly protesting the smothering conventions of a society that feared passion in all its forms. Ranny’s mesmerizing struggle to maintain his fundamental decency while remaining true to his real love hangs in the balance to the last page. (summary by Expatriate)

Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and soul. He loves the girlish and athletic Winny Dymond, and particularly loves participating with her in the Combined Maze, a choreographed, intricate, exhilarating group gymnastic ritual in which the young men and women of the Polytechnic Gymnasium demonstrate their skills. Unfortunately, Ranny falls under the spell of the seductive Violet, a sexual free spirit who wants nothing more than to live an untrammelled life on her own terms. When, to her astonishment and horror, Violet becomes pregnant, Ranny dutifully marries her against her will, entangling himself and her in a deadly new Combined Maze of social conventions intended to suppress and subdue the elemental passions that give color to Life. May Sinclair draws her readers in with a quiet, unobtrusive, Victorian prose that seems completely in tune with the conventional proprieties of her society, but goes on in the same seditious, unassuming tone to tell stories of sensuality, adultery, seduction, divorce, and betrayal, quietly protesting the smothering conventions of a society that feared passion in all its forms. Ranny’s mesmerizing struggle to maintain his fundamental decency while remaining true to his real love hangs in the balance to the last page. (summary by Expatriate)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and soul. He loves the girlish and athletic Winny Dymond, and particularly loves participating with her in the Combined Maze, a choreographed, intricate, exhilarating group gymnastic ritual in which the young men and women of the Polytechnic Gymnasium demonstrate their skills. Unfortunately, Ranny falls under the spell of the seductive Violet, a sexual free spirit who wants nothing more than to live an untrammelled life on her own terms. When, to her astonishment and horror, Violet becomes pregnant, Ranny dutifully marries her against her will, entangling himself and her in a deadly new Combined Maze of social conventions intended to suppress and subdue the elemental passions that give color to Life. May Sinclair draws her readers in with a quiet, unobtrusive, Victorian prose that seems completely in tune with the conventional proprieties of her society, but goes on in the same seditious, unassuming tone to tell stories of sensuality, adultery, seduction, divorce, and betrayal, quietly protesting the smothering conventions of a society that feared passion in all its forms. Ranny’s mesmerizing struggle to maintain his fundamental decency while remaining true to his real love hangs in the balance to the last page. (summary by Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

26:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:03