Two Sides of a Question


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Here are two gemlike novellas in one volume, written in May Sinclair’s clearest and cleverest prose and exploring the many ways in which a woman can be held captive, held back from the “intoxication of freedom.” In “The Cosmopolitan,” Frida Tancred is a wealthy heiress trapped by family obligation in a dismal provincial estate, hopelessly longing to see all the glories of the world and with no way of escape but the conventional one of marriage. In “Superseded,” spinsterish Miss Juliana Quincey has been teaching arithmetic in a London girls’ school for twenty-five years when she suddenly falls in love with a much younger man and begins to question the assumptions of her life. So dramatically different in terms of characters, plot, and style, both novellas are united in a passionate quest of freedom and a like determination on the part of two very different women to achieve freedom on their own terms. The “Question” of which Sinclair is demonstrating the “Two Sides” seems to be this: Does a woman need a man in her life in order to define herself? In coming to her conclusions, Sinclair explores many layers of human life: art, philosophy, education, science, social class, religion. The marvel is that she is able to do all this in two such small, luminous novels. ( Expatriate) (6 hr 56 min)

Chapters

The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 1 17:35 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 2 11:21 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 3 15:18 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 4 20:29 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 5 12:50 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 6 15:04 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 7 15:48 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 8 10:04 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 9 7:01 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 10 7:19 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 11 14:18 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 12 10:45 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 13 22:00 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 14 10:47 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 15 20:02 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 16 24:33 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 17 4:05 Read by Expatriate
The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 18 10:56 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 01: Prologue: Miss Quincey Stops the Way 11:14 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 02: Household Gods 8:37 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 03: Inaugural Addresses 12:12 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 04: Bastian Cautley, M. D. 18:08 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 05: Healers & Regenerators 10:35 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 06: Spring Fashions 22:28 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 07: Under a Blue Moon 15:25 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 08: A Painful Misunderstanding 19:51 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 09: Through the Stethoscope 10:30 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 10: Miss Quincey Stands Back 23:50 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 11: Dr. Cautley Sends in His Bill 9:51 Read by Expatriate
Superseded, Ch. 12: Epilogue: The Man & the Woman 3:30 Read by Expatriate