Shirley (version 2)


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This work, Charlotte Bronte's second, is set in the England of the early 1800's, which was beset with political and social changes, represented by the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. And there is much to do with those changes in values from those of the past. But at its core, this novel is about romance. And the plot primarily follows the struggles and triumphs of two couples, the two brothers Moore, Louis and Robert, and Caroline Helstone and Shirley Keeldar. The final scenes capture the essence of the change in this world, and one hopes for the more philanthropic and egalitarian world pictured there, but at the same time one laments the loss of a world of magic and of a respect for natural beauty. - Summary by Jim Locke (22 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Levitical 34:02 Read by Vijeta Sharma
The wagons 39:11 Read by Vijeta Sharma
Mr. York 22:05 Read by Vijeta Sharma
Mr. York (continued) 29:33 Read by Vijeta Sharma
Hollow's cottage 39:16 Read by Vijeta Sharma
Coriolanus 48:51 Read by Jim Locke
The Curates at Tea 58:11 Read by Jim Locke
Noah and Moses 39:23 Read by Jim Locke
Briarmains 53:06 Read by Jim Locke
Old maids 42:33 Read by Jim Locke
Fieldhead 43:22 Read by Jim Locke
Shirley and Caroline 48:16 Read by Jim Locke
Further communications on business 59:25 Read by Jim Locke
Shirley seeks to be saved by works 35:38 Read by Jim Locke
Mr. Donne's exodus 31:40 Read by Jim Locke
Whitsuntide 27:45 Read by Jim Locke
The school feast 36:15 Read by Jim Locke
Which the genteel reader is recommended to skip, low persons being here introdu… 27:55 Read by Jim Locke
A summer night 36:52 Read by Jim Locke
To-morrow 30:58 Read by Jim Locke
Mrs. Pryor 43:13 Read by Jim Locke
Two lives 25:21 Read by Jim Locke
An evening out 47:11 Read by Jim Locke
The valley of the shadow of death 41:19 Read by Jim Locke
The west wind blows 18:57 Read by Jim Locke
Old copy-books 43:14 Read by Jim Locke
The first bluestocking 50:18 Read by Jim Locke
Phoebe 45:03 Read by Jim Locke
Louis Moore 20:41 Read by Jim Locke
Rushedge - a confessional 36:07 Read by Jim Locke
Uncle and niece 35:46 Read by Jim Locke
The schoolboy and the wood-nymph 27:15 Read by Jim Locke
Martin's tactics 21:59 Read by Jim Locke
Case of domestic persecution - remarkable instance of pious perseverance in the… 16:46 Read by Jim Locke
Wherein matters make some progress, but not much 25:32 Read by Jim Locke
Written in the schoolroom 52:43 Read by Jim Locke
The winding-up 33:41 Read by Jim Locke