The Forsyte Saga

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secret. I'll just say like this, 'And you know, Hester!' and then we'll drink. It might upset Timothy.'

'It's more likely to upset us,' said Aunt Hester. 'But we must, I suppose; for such an occasion.'

'Yes,' said Aunt Juley rapturously, 'it is an occasion! Only fancy if he has a dear little boy, to carry the family on! I do feel it so important, now that Irene has had a son. Winifred says George is calling Jolyon 'The Three-Decker,' because of his three families, you know! George is droll. And fancy! Irene is living after all in the house Soames had built for them both. It does seem hard on dear Soames; and he's always been so regular.'

That night in bed, excited and a little flushed still by her glass of wine and the secrecy of the second toast, she lay with her prayer-book opened flat, and her eyes fixed on a ceiling yellowed by the light from her reading-lamp. Young things! It was so nice for them all! And she would be so happy if she could see dear Soames happy. But, of course, he must be now, in spite of what Imogen had said. He would have all that he wanted: property, and wife, and children! And he would live to a green old age, like his dear father, and forget all about Irene and that dreadful case. If only she herself could be here to buy his children their first rocking-horse! Smither should choose it for her at the stores, nice and dappled. Ah! how Roger used to rock her until she fell off! Oh dear! that was a long time ago! It was! 'In my Father's house are many mansions-----' A little scrattling noise caught her ear--'but no mice!' she thought mechanically. The noise increased. There! it was a mouse! How naughty of Smither to say there wasn't! It would be eating through the wainscot before they knew where they were, and they would have to have the builders in. They were such destructive things! And she lay, with her eyes just moving, following in her mind that little scrattling sound, and waiting for sleep to release her from it.


CHAPTER XII
BIRTH OF A FORSYTE

SOAMES walked out of the garden door, crossed the lawn, stood on the path above the river, turned round and walked back to the garden door, without having realised that he had moved.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vi
  • Note on the Text xxii
  • Select Bibliography xxiii
  • A Chronology of John Galsworthy xxiv
  • Preface 5
  • Contents 9
  • Book I - The Man Of Property 13
  • Part I 15
  • Chapter I - 'At Home' At Old Jolyon'S 15
  • Chapter II - Old Jolyon Goes To The Opera 31
  • Chapter III - Dinner At Swithin'S 45
  • Chapter IV - Projection Of The House 59
  • Chapter V - A Forsyte Menage 68
  • Chapter VI - James At Large 74
  • Chapter VII - Old Jolyon'S Peccadillo 83
  • Chapter VIII - Plans Of The House 90
  • Chapter IX - Death Of Aunt Ann 98
  • Part II 107
  • Chapter I - Progress Of The House 107
  • Chapter II - June's Treat 114
  • Chapter III - Drive With Swithin 120
  • Chapter IV - James Goes To See For Himself 130
  • Chapter V - Soames And Bosinney Correspond 140
  • Chapter VI - Old Jolyon At The Zoo 154
  • Chapter VII - Afternoon At Timothy's 160
  • Chapter VIII - Dance At Roger's 172
  • Chapter IX - Evening At Richmond 180
  • Chapter X - Diagnosis Of A Forsyte 190
  • Chapter XI - Bosinney On Parole 198
  • Chapter XII - June Pays Some Calls 203
  • Chapter XIII - Perfection Of The House 211
  • Chapter XIV - Soames Sits On The Stairs 218
  • Part III 223
  • Chapter I - Mrs Macander's Evidence 223
  • Chapter II - Night In The Park 233
  • Chapter III - Meeting At The Botanical 237
  • Chapter IV - Voyage Into The Inferno 249
  • Chapter V - The Trial 259
  • Chapter VI - Soames Breaks The News 267
  • Chapter VII - June's Victory 277
  • Chapter VIII - Bosinney's Departure 284
  • Chapter IX - Irene's Return 292
  • Interlude - Indian Summer Of A Forsyte 299
  • Book II - In Chancery 347
  • Part I 349
  • Chapter I - At Timothy's 349
  • Chapter II - Exit A Man Of The World 357
  • Chapter III - Soames Prepares To Take Steps 367
  • Chapter IV - Soho 372
  • Chapter V - James Sees Visions 378
  • Chapter VI - No-Longer-Young Jolyon At Home 384
  • Chapter VII - The Colt And The Filly 393
  • Chapter VIII - Jolyon Prosecutes Trusteeship 397
  • Chapter IX - Val Hears The News 404
  • Chapter X - Soames Entertains The Future 412
  • Chapter XI - And Visits The Past 416
  • Chapter XII - On Forsyte Change 421
  • Chapter XIII - Jolyon Finds Out Where He Is 431
  • Chapter XIV - Soames Discovers What He Wants 436
  • Part II 441
  • Chapter I - The Third Generation 441
  • Chapter II - Soames Puts It To The Touch 449
  • Chapter III - Visit To Irene 457
  • Chapter IV - Where Forsytes Fear To Tread 462
  • Chapter V - Jolly Sits In Judgment 469
  • Chapter VI - Jolyon In Two Minds 476
  • Chapter VII - Dartie Versus Dartie 480
  • Chapter VIII - The Challenge 490
  • Chapter IX - Dinner At James's 494
  • Chapter X - Death Of The Dog Balthasar 500
  • Chapter XI - Timothy Stays The Rot 504
  • Chapter XII - Progress Of The Chase 510
  • Chapter XIII - 'Here We Are Again!' 514
  • Chapter XIV - Outlandish Night 523
  • Part III 527
  • Chapter I - Soames In Paris 527
  • Chapter II - In The Web 532
  • Chapter III - Richmond Park 536
  • Chapter IV - Over The River 542
  • Chapter V - Soames Acts 543
  • Chapter VI - A Summer Day 546
  • Chapter VII - A Summer Night 552
  • Chapter VIII - James In Waiting 554
  • Chapter IX - Out Of The Web 558
  • Chapter X - Passing Of An Age 565
  • Chapter XI - Suspended Animation 574
  • Chapter XII - Birth Of A Forsyte 580
  • Chapter XIII - James Is Told 586
  • Chapter XIV - His 590
  • Interlude - Awakening 595
  • Book III - To Let 617
  • Part I 619
  • Chapter I - Encounter 619
  • Chapter II - Fine Fleur Forsyte 634
  • Chapter III - At Robin Hill 640
  • Chapter IV - The Mausoleum 647
  • Chapter V - The Native Heath 655
  • Chapter VI - Jon 663
  • Chapter VII - Fleur 668
  • Chapter VIII - Idyll On Grass 673
  • Chapter IX - Goya 676
  • Chapter X - Trio 686
  • Chapter XI - Duet 691
  • Chapter XII - Caprice 697
  • Part II 707
  • Chapter I - Mother And Son 707
  • Chapter II - Fathers And Daughters 711
  • Chapter III - Meetings 724
  • Chapter IV - In Green Street 733
  • Chapter V - Purely Forsyte Affairs 738
  • Chapter VI - Soames's Private Life 744
  • Chapter VII - June Takes A Hand 753
  • Chapter VIII - The Bit Between The Teeth 757
  • Chapter IX - The Fat In The Fire 763
  • Chapter X - Decision 770
  • Chapter XI - Timothy Prophesies 774
  • Part III 785
  • Chapter I - Old Jolyon Walks 785
  • Chapter II - Confession 792
  • Chapter III - Irene! 798
  • Chapter IV - Soames Cogitates 802
  • Chapter V - The Fixed Idea 808
  • Chapter VI - Desperate 811
  • Chapter VII - Embassy 818
  • Chapter VIII - The Dark Tune 825
  • Chapter IX - Under The Oak-Tree 830
  • Chapter X - Fleur'S Wedding 832
  • Chapter XI - The Last Of The Old Forsytes 841
  • Explanatory Notes 851
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