The Forsyte Saga

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'He wasn't there--now why?'

There was a sound of footsteps. The figure of a thickset man, with the ruddy brown face of robust health, was seen in the back drawing-room. The forefinger of his upraised hand was outlined against the black of his frock coat. He spoke in a grudging voice.

'Well, James,' he said; 'I can't--I can't stop.' And turning round, he walked out.

It was Timothy.

James rose from his chair. 'There!' he said; 'there! I knew there was something wro-----' He checked himself, and was silent, staring before him, as though he had seen a portent.


CHAPTER VI
SOAMES BREAKS THE NEWS

ON leaving the Courts Soames did not go straight home. He felt disinclined for the City, and drawn by need for sympathy in his triumph, he, too, made his way, but slowly and on foot, to Timothy's in the Bayswater Road.

His father had just left; Mrs Small and Aunt Hester, in possession of the whole story, greeted him warmly. They were sure he was hungry after all that evidence. Smither should toast him some more muffins, his dear father had eaten them all. He must put his legs up on the sofa; and he must have a glass of prune brandy too. It was so strengthening.

Swithin was still present, having lingered later than his wont, for he felt in want of exercise. On hearing this suggestion, he 'pished.' A pretty pass young men were coming to! His own liver was out of order, and he could not bear the thought of anyone else drinking prune brandy.

He went away almost immediately, saying to Soames: 'And how's your wife? You tell her from me that if she's dull, and likes to come and dine with me quietly, I'll give her such a bottle of champagne as she doesn't get every day.' Staring down from his height on Soames he contracted his thick, puffy, yellow hand as though squeezing within it all this small fry, and throwing out his chest he waddled slowly away.

Mrs Small and Aunt Hester were left horrified. Swithin was so droll!

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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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