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Vera

Elizabeth von Arnim

Vera (1921) by Elizabeth von Arnim is a black comedy based on her disastrous second marriage to Earl Russell: a mordant analysis of the romantic delusions through which wives acquiesce in husbands' tyrannies. In outline the story of this utterly unromantic novel anticipates DuMaurier's Rebecca. Naive Lucy Entwhistle is swept into marriage by widower, Everard Wemyss. His mansion "The Willows" is pervaded by the spectre of his dead wife Vera, with whom Lucy becomes obsessed. ... Here the servants are partisan for both wives, and lose no opportunity to disrupt Everard's unctuous, oppressive household routines. An extraordinarily black vision of marriage, also continuously funny, the novel's power lies in the wit and economy of the usually prolix Von Arnim.(Introduction by Wikipedia)

Vera (1921) by Elizabeth von Arnim is a black comedy based on her disastrous second marriage to Earl Russell: a mordant analysis of the romantic delusions through which wives acquiesce in husbands' tyrannies. In outline the story of this utterly unromantic novel anticipates DuMaurier's Rebecca. Naive Lucy Entwhistle is swept into marriage by widower, Everard Wemyss. His mansion "The Willows" is pervaded by the spectre of his dead wife Vera, with whom Lucy becomes obsessed. ... Here the servants are partisan for both wives, and lose no opportunity to disrupt Everard's unctuous, oppressive household routines. An extraordinarily black vision of marriage, also continuously funny, the novel's power lies in the wit and economy of the usually prolix Von Arnim.(Introduction by Wikipedia)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Vera (1921) by Elizabeth von Arnim is a black comedy based on her disastrous second marriage to Earl Russell: a mordant analysis of the romantic delusions through which wives acquiesce in husbands' tyrannies. In outline the story of this utterly unromantic novel anticipates DuMaurier's Rebecca. Naive Lucy Entwhistle is swept into marriage by widower, Everard Wemyss. His mansion "The Willows" is pervaded by the spectre of his dead wife Vera, with whom Lucy becomes obsessed. ... Here the servants are partisan for both wives, and lose no opportunity to disrupt Everard's unctuous, oppressive household routines. An extraordinarily black vision of marriage, also continuously funny, the novel's power lies in the wit and economy of the usually prolix Von Arnim.(Introduction by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

8h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:35