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Following the tremendous popular success of Jane Eyre, which earned her lifelong notoriety as a moral revolutionary, Charlotte Brontë vowed to write a sweeping social chronicle that focused on "something real and unromantic as Monday morning." Set in the industrializing England of the Napoleonic wars and Luddite revolts of 1811-12, Shirley (1849) is the story of two contrasting heroines. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, who is trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory and whose bare life symbolizes the plight of single women in the nineteenth century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

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  • Chapter I. Levitical
  • Chapter II. The Wagons
  • Chapter III. Mr. Yorke
  • Chapter IV. Mr. Yorke (continued)
  • Chapter V. Hollow’s Cottage
  • Chapter VI. Coriolanus
  • Chapter VII. The Curates at Tea
  • Chapter VIII. Noah and Moses
  • Chapter IX. Briarmains
  • Chapter X. Old Maids
  • Chapter XI Fieldhead
  • Chapter XII. Shirley and Caroline
  • Chapter XIII. Further Communications on Business
  • Chapter XIV. Shirley Seeks to Be Saved by Works
  • Chapter XV. Mr. Donne’s Exodus
  • Chapter XVI. Whitsuntide
  • Chapter XVII. The School-Feast
  • Chapter XVIII. Which the Genteel Reader Is Recommended to Skip, Low Persons Being Here Introduced
  • Chapter XIX. A Summer Night
  • Chapter XX. Tomorrow
  • Chapter XXI. Mrs. Pryor
  • Chapter XXII. Two Lives
  • Chapter XXIII. An Evening Out
  • Chapter XXIV. The Valley of the Shadow of Death
  • Chapter XXV. The West Wind Blows
  • Chapter XXVI. Old Copybooks
  • Chapter XXVII. The First Bluestocking
  • Chapter XXVIII. Phoebe
  • Chapter XXIX. Louis Moore
  • Chapter XXX. Rushedge – A Confessional
  • Chapter XXXI. Uncle and Niece
  • Chapter XXXII. The Schoolboy and the Wood Nymph
  • Chapter XXXIII. Martin’s Tactics
  • Chapter XXXIV. Case of Domestic Persecution – Remarkable Instance of Pious Perseverance in the Discharge of Religious Duties
  • Chapter XXXV. Wherein Matters Make Some Progress, But Not Much
  • Chapter XXXVI. Written In the Schoolroom
  • Chapter XXXVII. The Winding-Up
  • About the Author
  • Примечания