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Foreword: Cross Your Fingers ...
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Promising: Language/Narrative/Law
1. Language and the Victorians
2. Victorian Promises
3. Legal Fictions: Narrating Breach of Promise
4. Engaging Lies in Jane Eyre
5. Right Speaking in Adam Bede
6. Promising Marriage in The Egoist
7. Questioning Rhetoric in Can You Forgive Her?
8. Dying Promises in The Wings of the Dove
Afterword: Cross Your Heart ...