The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith

Table of Contents

  1. The description of the family of Wakefield; in which a kindred likeness prevails as well of minds as of persons
  2. Family misfortunes. The loss of fortune only serves to encrease the pride of the worthy
  3. A migration. The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own procuring
  4. A proof that even the humblest fortune may grant happiness, which depends not on circumstance, but constitution
  5. A new and great acquaintance introduced. What we place most hopes upon, generally proves most fatal
  6. The happiness of a country fire-side
  7. A town wit described. The dullest fellows may learn to be comical for a night or two
  8. An amour, which promises little good fortune, yet may be productive of much
  9. Two ladies of great distinction introduced. Superior finery ever seems to confer superior breeding
  10. The family endeavours to cope with their betters. The miseries of the poor when they attempt to appear above their circumstances
  11. The family still resolve to hold up their heads
  12. Fortune seems resolved to humble the family of Wakefield. Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities
  13. Mr Burchell is found to be an enemy; for he has the confidence to give disagreeable advice
  14. Fresh mortifications, or a demonstration that seeming calamities may be real blessings
  15. All, Mr Burchell’s villainy at once detected. The folly of being over-wise
  16. The family use art, which is opposed with, still greater
  17. Scarce any virtue found to resist the power of long and pleasing temptation
  18. The pursuit of a father to reclaim a lost child to virtue
  19. The description of a person discontented with the present government, and apprehensive of the loss of our liberties
  20. The history of a philosophic vagabond, pursuing novelty, but losing content
  21. The short continuance of friendship amongst the vicious, which is coeval only with mutual satisfaction
  22. Offences are easily pardoned where there is love at bottom
  23. None but the guilty can be long and completely miserable
  24. Fresh calamities
  25. No situation, however wretched it seems, but has some sort of comfort attending it
  26. A reformation in the gaol. To make laws complete, they should reward as well as punish
  27. The same subject continued
  28. Happiness and misery rather the result of prudence than of virtue in this life. Temporal evils or felicities being regarded by heaven as things merely in themselves trifling and unworthy its care in the distribution
  29. The equal dealings of providence demonstrated with regard to the happy and the miserable here below. That from the nature of pleasure and pain, the wretched must be repaid the balance of their sufferings in the life hereafter
  30. Happier prospects begin to appear. Let us be inflexible, and fortune will at last change in our favour
  31. Former benevolence now repaid with unexpected interest
  32. The Conclusion

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