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THACKERAY, W.M.: Vanity Fair (Unabridged)

Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: ‘I think I could become a good woman, if I had £5,000 a year.’ Thackeray’s story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost—and Amelia is back to square one—while Becky rises with contemptuous ease.



Disc 1

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Vanity Fair 00:04:29
2.   Chapter 1 00:05:32
3.   Being commanded by her elder sister… 00:05:51
4.   So that when the day of departure came… 00:06:31
5.   Chapter 2 00:06:52
6.   The humble calling of her female parent… 00:06:48
7.   The happiness, the superior advantages of the young women… 00:05:46
8.   By the time the young ladies reached Kensington turnpike… 00:05:38
9.   Chapter 3 00:06:40
10.   She had a vivid imagination… 00:06:44
11.   Downstairs, then, they went… 00:06:03
12.   Chapter 4 00:05:24
13.   It was an advance, and as such, perhaps… 00:04:41


Disc 2

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   'Amelia had better write a note,' said her father… 00:06:17
2.   'I delight in Hessian boots,' said Rebecca. 00:06:30
3.   Sedley was going to make one of the most eloquent speeches possible… 00:06:09
4.   'Bravo, Jos!' said Mr. Sedley… 00:06:29
5.   Chapter 5 00:06:03
6.   'Don't call names,' Dobbin said… 00:05:12
7.   Whatever may have been his incentive, however… 00:05:49
8.   Young Osborne wrote home to his parents… 00:06:10
9.   'The Alderman's very rich, isn't he' Osborne said archly. 00:05:51
10.   Chapter 6 00:06:39
11.   The party was landed at the Royal Gardens in due time. 00:05:23
12.   Captain Dobbin had some thoughts of joining the party at supper… 00:06:01
13.   'He must propose to - morrow,' thought Rebecca. 00:06:33


Disc 3

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   As George walked down Southampton Row, from Holborn… 00:04:36
2.   The next day, however, as the two young ladies sat on the sofa… 00:05:10
3.   Chapter 7 00:05:18
4.   Having passed through Gaunt Square into Great Gaunt Street… 00:04:42
5.   The lady addressed as Mrs. Tinker… 00:06:18
6.   At four o'clock, on such a roseate summer's morning… 00:04:54
7.   Chapter 8 00:06:39
8.   Mr. Hodson laughed again. 00:06:21
9.   'This is the new governess, Mr. Crawley,' said Lady Crawley… 00:06:38
10.   After Mr. Crawley had done haranguing and expounding… 00:06:20
11.   Chapter 9 00:06:12
12.   It was he who taught the butler to say… 00:06:33
13.   As he would not pay honest agents… 00:06:32


Disc 4

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 10 00:05:17
2.   Miss Violet's tastes were, on the contrary… 00:05:36
3.   Whether it was the heart which dictated this new system… 00:05:58
4.   Chapter 11 00:05:31
5.   Very soon then after her arrival… 00:05:58
6.   Miss Letitia Hawky, on the other hand, is not personally well - favoured. 00:06:33
7.   Another admirable effect of Miss Crawley… 00:06:28
8.   When Mrs. Bute Crawley (whose artifices…). 00:05:41
9.   Miss Crawley had not long been established at the Hall… 00:05:44
10.   'That was the most beautiful part of dear Lord Nelson's character…' 00:06:26
11.   Chapter 12 00:04:31
12.   Their house was comfortable… 00:05:50
13.   Once, after three days of absence… 00:05:34
14.   We have talked of shift, self, and poverty… 00:04:13


Disc 5

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   While under this overpowering impression… 00:03:10
2.   Chapter 13 00:05:49
3.   'Are you engaged' Captain Dobbin interposed. 00:05:36
4.   Sambo, whose face as he announced Captain Osbin… 00:05:38
5.   When Amelia stepped forward to salute him… 00:05:17
6.   The gloom on the paternal countenance… 00:05:49
7.   'But to return to the other business about Amelia…' 00:04:51
8.   Chapter 14 00:06:03
9.   'But why, why won't she see me again' Miss Briggs bleated out. 00:06:23
10.   The causes which had led to the deplorable illness of Miss Crawley… 00:05:37
11.   The Captain thought so, and raved about her in uncouth convulsions. 00:05:58
12.   If the Baronet of Queen's Crawley… 00:05:57
13.   'What a complexion, my dear! What a sweet voice!' 00:05:55
14.   Rawdon Crawley received George Osborne… 00:05:57


Disc 6

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   'What an honour to have had you for a brother - in - law…' 00:05:29
2.   When the demise took place… 00:05:44
3.   Chapter 15 00:06:49
4.   'My attitude,' Rebecca said… 00:05:46
5.   Rebecca might, perhaps, have told more… 00:06:46
6.   If the mere chance of becoming a baronet's daughter… 00:06:02
7.   Chapter 16 00:05:45
8.   The occurrences of the previous day… 00:06:09
9.   'La, Miss Briggs,' the girl exclaimed… 00:06:19
10.   It was not until the old lady was fairly ensconced… 00:06:28
11.   Chapter 17 00:05:25
12.   'No. 369,' roared Mr. Hammerdown. 00:05:19
13.   In a word, it arrived that evening… 00:06:40


Disc 7

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   By these attentions, that veteran rake, Rawdon Crawley… 00:05:37
2.   Chapter 18 00:05:37
3.   Only once in the course of the long night… 00:06:04
4.   And as a general rule… 00:05:45
5.   Young Amelia felt that she would die or lose her senses outright… 00:06:05
6.   'It is a mercy, Mamma, that the regiment is ordered abroad,'… 00:05:25
7.   There was a little letter of a few lines, to which he pointed… 00:06:44
8.   Chapter 19 00:05:18
9.   'My girls' singing, after that little odious governess's…' 00:06:27
10.   She described with the most vivid minuteness… 00:06:14
11.   But if a fault may be found with her arrangements… 00:04:48
12.   'The sight of her horrid nephew casually in the Park…' 00:06:23
13.   Chapter 20 00:07:07


Disc 8

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   It is certain that Mr. Dobbin, having taken the matter in hand… 00:05:54
2.   'You're a military man,' he went on… 00:06:33
3.   George, in conversation with Amelia… 00:06:19
4.   Chapter 21 00:06:02
5.   This imperative hint disturbed George a good deal. 00:06:24
6.   The girls, after vain attempts to engage him in conversation… 00:06:12
7.   After giving a great heave… 00:05:45
8.   Chapter 22 00:05:50
9.   'Here you are,' said our old friend, Jos Sedley, coming forward. 00:05:12
10.   Some ten days after the above ceremony… 00:06:36
11.   Our young bride and bridegroom had chosen Brighton… 00:06:13
12.   Chapter 23 00:06:02
13.   'One of our young men is just married,' Dobbin said… 00:06:00


Disc 9

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   This adroit question touched the heart of Miss Jane Osborne not a little. 00:05:09
2.   Chapter 24 00:05:40
3.   'You are a good fellow, William,' said Mr. Osborne in a softened voice… 00:06:40
4.   Miss Wirt, by consequence, was alone on her side of the board… 00:05:45
5.   In the large shining mahogany escritoire… 00:06:06
6.   The invitation and the rough draft of the answer… 00:06:38
7.   This news made Dobbin grave… 00:06:13
8.   Chapter 25 00:05:45
9.   'A pretty way you have managed the affair,' said George… 00:06:16
10.   Oh! thought she, I have been very wicked… 00:05:59
11.   Amelia, with a look of tender alarm in her eyes… 00:05:45
12.   Putting her arm round her friend's waist… 00:05:46
13.   Mrs. Bute measured out the glasses of wine… 00:06:27


Disc 10

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   'Rawdon, who was all heart,' Rebecca continued… 00:05:50
2.   'I thought that you were aware…' 00:04:42
3.   Miss Crawley must have had some emotion upon seeing him… 00:05:32
4.   Chapter 26 00:06:25
5.   There were but nine days past since Amelia had left… 00:07:24
6.   So he sent off Amelia once more in a carriage to her mamma… 00:06:39
7.   Chapter 27 00:05:22
8.   Major O'Dowd, who had served his sovereign… 00:05:11
9.   'Mrs. Heavytop, the Colonel's wife…' 00:06:06
10.   Chapter 28 00:06:19
11.   Everybody had such a perfect feeling of confidence in the leader… 00:05:42
12.   'Except Ireland, where all your best mate comes from'… 00:06:13
13.   'I hope there will be no women besides our own party,'… 00:06:32


Disc 11

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 29 00:05:51
2.   'Don't you see that creature with a yellow thing in her turban…' 00:06:15
3.   Amelia's gentle eyes, too, had been fixed anxiously on the pair… 00:05:29
4.   George accepted the invitation, although his wife was a little ailing. 00:06:18
5.   She spoke French so perfectly… 00:06:11
6.   Osborne meanwhile, wild with elation, went off to a play - table… 00:05:36
7.   Chapter 30 00:06:52
8.   Rebecca always knew how to conjure away these moods of melancholy. 00:06:18
9.   'What a fright I seem,' she said, examining herself in the glass… 00:06:25
10.   'Sir,' said Jos, majestically… 00:06:07
11.   Chapter 31 00:05:11
12.   'How those sleeve - buttons will suit me!' thought he… 00:05:03
13.   'The King of France is at Ghent, fellow,' replied Jos… 00:05:45


Disc 12

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Oh! dear Mr. Sedley, I have come to you for comfort… 00:05:26
2.   How long had that poor girl been on her knees! 00:05:38
3.   Rebecca walked, too, silently away. 00:05:33
4.   Chapter 32 00:06:15
5.   As far as his regiment was concerned… 00:06:07
6.   Isidor swept off the mustachios in no time with the razor… 00:06:22
7.   It was while enjoying the humiliation of her enemy… 00:06:41
8.   No man writhing in pain on the hard - fought field… 00:06:15
9.   The Duke of Wellington had but twenty thousand British troops… 00:05:58
10.   When Jos heard that dreadful sound… 00:05:28
11.   Chapter 33 00:06:37
12.   To the rector's lady… 00:06:20
13.   The Lady Emily was her brother's senior by many years… 00:06:19


Disc 13

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   During these exercises old Southdown… 00:03:23
2.   'Stop, my dear ladies,' said Pitt, the diplomatist. 00:03:45
3.   Chapter 34 00:06:21
4.   In the autumn evenings (when Rebecca was flaunting at Paris…). 00:06:18
5.   Mrs. Bute did not augur much good to the cause… 00:06:15
6.   'Haw, haw,' laughed James… 00:06:03
7.   'Come, come,' said James… 00:06:27
8.   Once up in the bedroom, one would have thought… 00:06:35
9.   It is to be feared that this letter of the Parisian great lady… 00:05:27
10.   Chapter 35 00:05:19
11.   The letter was in George's well - known bold handwriting. 00:06:12
12.   On the day after his arrival at Brussels… 00:06:05
13.   They stared blank in the face of Osborne… 00:05:04
14.   Suppose some twelve months after the above conversation… 00:06:20


Disc 14

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 36 00:05:43
2.   The truth is, when we say of a gentleman… 00:05:22
3.   But, in spite of Rawdon's undoubted skill and constant successes… 00:05:32
4.   Rebecca did not care much to go and see the son and heir. 00:06:04
5.   Chapter 37 00:05:44
6.   This was the way, then, Crawley got his house for nothing… 00:05:11
7.   With regard to the world of female fashion and its customs… 00:05:29
8.   When your father dies… 00:05:58
9.   'Rawdon,' said Becky, very late one night… 00:05:43
10.   About the little Rawdon, if nothing has been said all this while… 00:05:55
11.   Now Rawdon Crawley, rascal as the Colonel was… 00:05:40
12.   Chapter 38 00:05:15
13.   Well, well - a carriage and three thousand a year… 00:04:52
14.   Amelia, the gentlest and sweetest of everyday mortals… 00:04:54


Disc 15

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   In this room was all Amelia's heart and treasure. 00:06:03
2.   He vowed and protested… 00:05:36
3.   A second prospectus came out… 00:05:33
4.   'Mrs. Mango's own set at the Pineries was not so fine,'… 00:05:39
5.   Chapter 39 00:06:12
6.   He led the way into Sir Pitt's 'Library'… 00:05:55
7.   Sir Pitt lived in private… 00:06:03
8.   Half an hour afterwards there was a great hurry and bustle in the house. 00:06:13
9.   Chapter 40 00:06:06
10.   At last a day came when the nurse's occupation was over. 00:04:48
11.   In a word, Pitt having come to his kingdom… 00:05:50
12.   Briggs was the house - dog whom Rebecca had provided as guardian… 00:05:44
13.   Chapter 41 00:04:22
14.   Sir Pitt had judged correctly, that she would not quit the premises. 00:05:23


Disc 16

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   'What I should like best,' said Rebecca… 00:05:04
2.   Sir Pitt remembered the testimonies of respect and veneration… 00:05:32
3.   Bute's curate, a smart young fellow from Oxford… 00:04:47
4.   'It isn't difficult to be a country gentleman's wife,' Rebecca thought. 00:06:16
5.   Chapter 42 00:06:16
6.   That she should utterly break with the old man… 00:06:34
7.   I can't say that nothing had occurred to disturb the monotony… 00:07:12
8.   Chapter 43 00:06:30
9.   There are women, and handsome women too… 00:06:20
10.   We have said how the two Misses Dobbin and Amelia… 00:06:48
11.   So these two were each exemplifying the Vanity of this life… 00:05:47
12.   Chapter 44 00:05:20
13.   Well, Rebecca listened to Pitt, she talked to him… 00:05:56


Disc 17

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   And with regard to Becky… 00:05:02
2.   Lord Steyne also heartily disliked the boy. 00:05:30
3.   It was dark again when little Rawdon was wakened up… 00:05:20
4.   Chapter 45 00:05:53
5.   Pitt Crawley was amazed and enraptured with her speech. 00:06:35
6.   Next comes boy Jack, Tom Moody's son… 00:06:00
7.   Her presence, too, rendered Lady Jane uneasy. 00:05:39
8.   Chapter 46 00:05:18
9.   In these quiet labours and harmless cares… 00:05:28
10.   He brought back money and toys… 00:05:20
11.   Then it came out that Jos's remittances were not paid… 00:05:31
12.   Chapter 47 00:05:35
13.   Lady Mary Caerlyon was brought up at a Parisian convent… 00:05:36
14.   'Then again, as to the feeling of elder towards younger sons.' 00:06:31


Disc 18

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   It was the mysterious taint of the blood… 00:04:30
2.   Chapter 48 00:05:52
3.   Becky felt as if she could bless the people… 00:06:10
4.   And the diamonds… 00:06:21
5.   'If you had been sandy - haired, green - eyed…' 00:06:05
6.   Briggs looked up from the work - table… 00:05:30
7.   Chapter 49 00:06:29
8.   The ladies of Gaunt House called Lady Bareacres in to their aid… 00:06:39
9.   On her first appearance Lord Steyne stepped forward… 00:06:36
10.   Chapter 50 00:06:07
11.   One truth after another was marshalling itself… 00:06:06
12.   Her mind being made up… 00:05:50
13.   The widow broke the matter to Georgy with great caution… 00:06:28


Disc 19

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 51 00:06:20
2.   I doubt, I say, that Becky would have selected either… 00:06:14
3.   'Rawdon would make a very good Ecuyer…' 00:06:29
4.   The little woman, attacked on a sudden… 00:06:35
5.   At the time whereof we are writing… 00:05:56
6.   The second part of the charade takes place. 00:06:37
7.   'I think it must be "Hotel",' says Captain Grigg of the Life Guards… 00:05:24
8.   There was a ball after the dramatic entertainments… 00:06:04
9.   Chapter 52 00:06:27
10.   It was honest Briggs who made up the little kit for the boy… 00:06:50
11.   He laughed within himself at this artless story. 00:07:05
12.   What words can paint the ecstatic gratitude of Briggs! 00:06:26


Disc 20

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 53 00:05:36
2.   Now on the score of his application… 00:06:11
3.   When Rawdon read over this letter… 00:05:45
4.   He, too, attempted a laugh… 00:06:04
5.   Chapter 54 00:05:38
6.   Damn it. Look here, Pitt… 00:05:09
7.   Rawdon Crawley meanwhile hurried on from Great Gaunt Street… 00:05:55
8.   'You don't know how fond I was of that one,' Rawdon said… 00:05:30
9.   Chapter 55 00:05:15
10.   'Are you all here to insult me' cried Becky in a fury… 00:05:52
11.   'I looked for a peerage for you, Pitt,' she said… 00:05:26
12.   Young Tandyman, a hero of seventeen… 00:05:30
13.   The Colonel and his aide - de - camp went out to meet the gentleman… 00:05:34
14.   'She asked you to sup with her' Captain Macmurdo said. 00:05:46


Disc 21

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   But Rawdon would not hear of it. 00:04:16
2.   Chapter 56 00:05:37
3.   Though he was scarcely eleven years of age… 00:05:50
4.   In the company of this gentleman… 00:05:55
5.   'Then those friends who had the honour…' 00:05:39
6.   Miss Osborne, George's aunt, was a faded old spinster… 00:06:37
7.   Chapter 57 00:05:30
8.   The hidden and awful Wisdom… 00:05:12
9.   He desired to be buried with a little brown hair - chain… 00:05:08
10.   Many and many a night… 00:05:13
11.   Chapter 58 00:06:05
12.   There, however, stood the old waiter at the door… 00:05:48
13.   The landlord and landlady of the house… 00:06:08
14.   'Who is come' said Emmy, still thinking of her son. 00:06:30


Disc 22

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   She did not talk at all about her own sufferings… 00:04:38
2.   Chapter 59 00:05:35
3.   To make these waistcoats for a man of his size and dignity… 00:05:32
4.   But Amelia, looking up at her bed… 00:05:30
5.   Shortly after Jos's first appearance at Brompton… 00:05:19
6.   When the men appeared then bearing this old music - box… 00:06:07
7.   Chapter 60 00:04:35
8.   Emmy, you may be sure, was very glad to see her… 00:04:38
9.   Joseph Sedley then led a life of dignified otiosity… 00:05:45
10.   Chapter 61 00:06:13
11.   He loved his daughter with more fondness now… 00:06:39
12.   When old Osborne first heard from his friend Colonel Buckler… 00:06:12
13.   'It is some of Sedley's wine,' whispered the butler to his master. 00:06:39
14.   Jos's friends, male and female, suddenly became interested… 00:06:04


Disc 23

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Our old friend, Miss Swartz, and her husband… 00:04:07
2.   Chapter 62 00:06:29
3.   'Those people seem to interest you a good deal,' said Dobbin… 00:06:14
4.   And in reply to some faint objections of Mrs. Amelia's… 00:06:30
5.   During the astonishing Chorus of the Prisoners… 00:06:47
6.   Chapter 63 00:05:40
7.   Pumpernickel stands in the midst of a happy valley… 00:05:56
8.   Besides the regular sentries… 00:05:43
9.   Some of the German ladies, who are very sentimental… 00:06:03
10.   When she saw the boy, at whose face she looked hard… 00:06:27
11.   Chapter 64 00:06:48
12.   She was probably so much occupied in arranging these affairs… 00:06:17
13.   It was after this visit that Becky, who had paid her weekly bills… 00:05:57


Disc 24

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   The Eagles then patronized Mrs. Rawdon… 00:05:50
2.   So our little wanderer went about setting up her tent… 00:05:15
3.   So Becky, who had arrived in the diligence from Florence… 00:06:34
4.   Becky laughed, though in rage and fury. 00:05:46
5.   Chapter 65 00:05:26
6.   The frank honest face, to tell the truth… 00:05:29
7.   Jos walked over to Dobbin's lodgings with great solemnity… 00:05:05
8.   'Her!' said Amelia, 'who is it' 00:04:59
9.   Chapter 66 00:04:56
10.   Emmy received this story, which was told at some length… 00:05:04
11.   William was too much hurt or ashamed… 00:05:05
12.   'Take lessons, my dear Mrs. George,' cried thE Major… 00:05:05
13.   He being gone, Emmy was particularly lively and affectionate… 00:05:02
14.   A hundred times on the point of yielding… 00:04:59
15.   'He wishes to speak to you away from me,' said Becky… 00:04:34


Disc 25

  Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
1.   Whilst they had been talking… 00:05:53
2.   Chapter 67 00:06:09
3.   Emmy was not very happy after her heroic sacrifice. 00:05:10
4.   At last the much - bragged - about boxes arrived from Leipzig… 00:06:17
5.   The more he thought of this long passage of his life… 00:05:25
6.   Rebecca, to do her justice… 00:06:05
7.   Two mornings after this little scene… 00:05:53
8.   Perhaps it was compunction towards the kind and simple creature… 00:05:41
9.   The Colonel's brow darkened at this. 00:06:03

Total Playing Time: 32:15:22






Author(s):
Thackeray, William Makepeace

Reader(s):
Sutton, Georgina

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: NA0120

Barcode: 9781843797067

Physical Release: 03/2013

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