The History of Mr Polly

The History of Mr Polly

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by H. G. Wells
     
 

Well's brilliant social novel, ranked #39 on The Guardian's list of 100 Best Novels

Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as the owner of a regional gentleman's outfitters. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his

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Well's brilliant social novel, ranked #39 on The Guardian's list of 100 Best Novels

Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as the owner of a regional gentleman's outfitters. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his shop to the ground, and killing himself. Unexpected events, however, conspire at the last moment to lead the bewildered Mr Polly to a bright new future - after he saves a life, fakes his death, and escapes to a life of heroism, hope and ultimate happiness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141441078
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Edition description:
New
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
933,443
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

The History of MR Polly

1 Beginnings, and the Bazaar 1

2 The Dismissal of Parsons 19

3 Cribs 28

4 Mr Polly an Orphan 37

5 Romance 56

6 Miriam 74

7 The Little Shop at Fishbourne 101

8 Making an End to Things 123

9 The Potwell Inn 140

10 Miriam Revisited 177

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