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The Pretty Lady

Arnold Bennett

‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can with the opportunities life has given her. Her main relationship is with G.J. Hoape, a wealthy man above the military age. Bennett in this novel presents a disturbing image of wartime society, fragmented, uneasy and divided. There are references to industrial unrest and to social injustices, and hints that the British press is less than frank about the war. (Summary by Simon Evers)

‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can with the opportunities life has given her. Her main relationship is with G.J. Hoape, a wealthy man above the military age. Bennett in this novel presents a disturbing image of wartime society, fragmented, uneasy and divided. There are references to industrial unrest and to social injustices, and hints that the British press is less than frank about the war. (Summary by Simon Evers)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can with the opportunities life has given her. Her main relationship is with G.J. Hoape, a wealthy man above the military age. Bennett in this novel presents a disturbing image of wartime society, fragmented, uneasy and divided. There are references to industrial unrest and to social injustices, and hints that the British press is less than frank about the war. (Summary by Simon Evers)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

7h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:12