Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley amid their friends and families during . Vanity Fair book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A novel that chronicles the lives of two women who could not be more. Though written in , William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair is peopled by types who remain familiar today. The novel's early nineteenth-century .
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Sedley's investments to fail. The family faces bankruptcy and ruin, and George's wealthy father insists his son break off his engagement to Amelia, although George considers such an action dishonorable. From their tiny new home in a poorer part of the city, Mr. Sedley responds to Mr. John Osborne's insult by forcing Amelia to return George's letters.
William Dobbin observes the family's slide into desperate straits and, concerned for Amelia's health, tells George she is dying. George, more in love with his own honor than with Amelia, secretly marries her, against both families' wishes.
The young couples' paths cross again at Bath, where George and Amelia, with Jos in tow, go to honeymoon. Becky and Rawdon are there, too.
They hope to get Miss Crawley to forgive them, and reinstate Rawdon in her will. The four young people visit and try to enjoy their stay in Bath.
However, only Rawdon, an easy-going man with an affinity for cards and billiards, is content. Becky finds her access to Miss Crawley blocked by Mrs. Bute Crawley, George loses money he doesn't have to Rawdon, and poor Amelia is neglected by her husband. Worse is yet to come: These melancholy plot lines are interrupted when George, Rawdon, and Dobbin are deployed to Brussels, Belgium, to prepare to oppose Napoleon's forces.
Becky, as wife to a general's aide-de-camp military aide , enjoys access to Brussels's elite circles. There, George falls under her charms and betrays his bride, offering to run away with Becky instead.
But when marching orders arrive, George renews his affections with Amelia, leaving her pregnant and impoverished. He dies in battle, and Amelia returns to her parents' home to raise her son, named after his father. Dobbin, who has long loved Amelia, supports her financially and becomes the child's godfather. Nonetheless, he can't make a dent in her devoted grief, and leaves to work abroad. Meanwhile, Becky and Rawdon also have a son.
Rawdon is smitten by the boy, while Becky shows the child little affection. They spend time in Paris and then return to London. Throughout, Becky employs her beauty and charm to gain access to people of wealth. She attracts the attention and support of the Marquis of Steyne also known as Lord Steyne , and is presented at court.
She also launches an assault on Rawdon's older brother—now Sir Pitt—who has inherited the estate, and his kind wife, Jane. Her manipulations work on Sir Pitt, but Lady Jane sees how cold she is toward her son and is repelled. The Sedleys, meanwhile, continue to struggle financially, despite a small allowance Jos sends. Amelia, naive as usual, overspends on pretty clothes for her adored, increasingly spoiled son.
Soon, the family can't afford to eat. But about this time, George's sister happens to see Amelia and the baby, who looks like his father.
For love of his grandson, Mr. Osborne offers to raise the child in wealth, and to support the Sedleys. Amelia hands the child over with regret. Not long after, Amelia's parents die, and with the later death of Mr. Osborne, Amelia inherits enough money to raise her son comfortably. She, in turn, plots to milk him for money and a better job for Rawdon, who prefers to take care of his son and enjoy time at cards with humble soldiers.
But Becky pushes her good fortune too far. Instead of using the money Lord Steyne gives her to support her family, she allows Rawdon to go into debt—a crime for which people could be imprisoned at the time.
When Rawdon ends up in jail, his brother and sister-in-law must bail him out, and when he finds Becky dressed lavishly, singing for Lord Steyne, he attacks the old man, assuming the two are having an affair.
Steyne, rather than challenging Rawdon to a duel that might not end well for him, arranges for Rawdon to be governor of an island under British control. Rawdon must leave his son at the estate and go. Rumors about Becky and Lord Steyne spread, and she is forced to leave London. In the years that follow, she moves from city to city, repeating the pattern of acquiring a wealthy patron, rising in social circles, and then suffering when her London reputation catches up with her, likely due to Steyne's vindictiveness.
Becky lands in a German town where, although poor again, she enjoys the freedom of a Bohemian lifestyle. They run into Becky, who seizes the opportunity to take advantage of Jos and Amelia, despite Dobbin's warnings.
Dobbin, frustrated that after over a decade Amelia still hasn't let go of her love for George, declares his own love outright.
When she refuses him, he realizes that she is unworthy of his love, and departs. Becky then performs an uncharacteristically kind act: Finally aware that George is not worth her heart's devotion, Amelia agrees to marry Dobbin. Later, they have a daughter, and though the disillusioned Dobbin never again loves Amelia as intensely as he did before, their marriage endures.
The Crawleys are a rather despicable bunch and nothing like what Becky suspected. They are all scheming for the inheritance of Aunt Matilda, who is ill. Becky once again ingratiates herself with the family and earns the particular affections of Sir Pitt and Rawdon, who both ask for her hand in marriage.
She admits begrudgingly to Sir Pitt that she agreed to marry Rawdon in secret, and everyone in the family is outraged when they hear this news.
Meanwhile, Amelia pines over George, who disrespects and disregards her while he is in the military. Dobbin, who is George's closest friend and who is also secretly in love with Amelia, begs him to treat her kindly.
George eventually agrees to marry Amelia, but just as his father predicted, the Sedleys come to financial ruin because of Mr. Sedley's poor business decisions. George's father disowns him in response to Dobbin's efforts to get him to accept the marriage. The Duke of Wellington has declared war on Napoleon's army; since all the men are in the military, everyone goes to Belgium to prepare for the war.
When the husbands go off to fight, the general's wife takes care of the women who are left behind.
Amelia worries about George, and Rawdon mourns having to leave Becky, but Becky seems unconcerned about her soon-to-be husband and instead appears to be developing a flirtation with George. Unfortunately, George dies in the Battle of Waterloo. Sir Pitt, in the wake of his second wife's death, takes up with his butler's daughter, causing scandal at the household. The young Pitt Crawley finds a sweet wife who manages to earn the approval of Aunt Matilda, who never thought much of the older of Sir Pitt's sons.
Both Amelia and Becky give birth to sons, and for a while Becky and Rawdon manage to live well on very little money; Becky is skilled at avoiding payments.
The Sedleys, on the other hand, continue to slip further into financial ruin. Amelia sends Georgy, her son, to live with the Osbornes because of her difficult situation.