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Becky Sharp is a keen navigator of the ranks of Victorian society. With no family fortune or pedigree to invite her into the finest circles, Becky relies on determination and her sly intelligence to push her way higher and higher on the social ladder. Becky's rise to fame begins when her wealthy but quiet, well-mannered friend Amelia Sedley brings Becky into her family home. Amelia would seem to have the perfect life—a loving family, a comfortable home, an adoring beau—everything that Becky lacks. However, over time Becky's ruthless schemes and perpetual greed reverse her situation, allowing her to climb ever higher although her morals and methods are hardly pure. The Sedleys fall on hard times and it would seem that clever, cruel, Becky Sharp has the upper hand at last. But will her social empire, built on such dark pillars, stand firm in the coming years? Or will it come crashing down around her?
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As the manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, ...Back to top
Ratings for 'Vanity Fair' by Thackeray, William Makepeace