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by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Dedicatory Epistle
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.

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