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The Egoist

George Meredith

The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novelfollows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. (Summary from Wikipedia)

The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novelfollows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novelfollows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

22h 18m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

42:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

44:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

33:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

35:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

35:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

47:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

32:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

39:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

33:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

35:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

29:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

21:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

37:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

26:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

24:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:21