- Title page
- Book I
- Chapter I - He was thus hardly a happy man; but, like many unhappy men, he was capable of keen enjoyments. Chief amongst these was society in certain forms....
- Chapter II - ‘Dr. Jenkinson is the only one I know,’ said Leslie, ‘and, naturally enough, he forgets
- Chapter III - High-church or Low-church. Aim of Life. Town and Country. Society. Art and Literature. Love and Money. Riches and Civilisation. The Present.
- Chapter IV - ‘I never talked so long about myself in my whole life before; and I promise never to do so again.’
- Book II
- Chapter I - ‘And if in this great storm our Master have fallen asleep, and no longer speak audibly to us, let us not be of little faith and fearful, and try to awaken Him with our foolish clamours; but let us trust all to Him, and follow His example.’
- Chapter II - ‘But at last they hit upon the notion of constructing an ideal perfect state, in which of course justice would be lurking somewhere.’
- Chapter III - ‘Two things only during his last years never palled upon him: one was, saying a sharp thing neatly; the other, detecting some new weakness in human nature.’
- Book III
- Chapter I - ‘So you see,’ said Laurence, ‘that you were quite right, Lady Ambrose, by instinctively beginning with exclusion.’
- Chapter II - The Highest Culture. History. The Purpose of Poetry. Female Education. Saucy.
- Chapter III - ‘Nothing can come out of the sack but what’s in it.’
- Chapter IV - ‘It is wonderful how even bad men, like old Mr. Laurence, know at heart how it is really best to be good, and to believe in true religion.’
- Book IV
- Chapter I - ‘What, Mr. Rose!’ exclaimed Lady Ambrose, ‘do you mean to say, then, that the number of people is on the increase who won’t read the newspapers?’
- Chapter II - ‘Here, I think, is the crowning work of culture. It teaches each of us to look back upon his own life, with all its wants, its relations, and its possibilities, all its wasted hours and its affections trifled away or degraded—it teaches us to look back upon all this with quite a new kind of discrimination.’
- Book V
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