Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield
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  • Front Matter
  • Chapter 1 The Description of the Family of Wakefield, in Which a Kindred Likeness Prevails, as Well of Minds as of Persons.
  • Chapter 2 Family Misfortunes-The Loss of Fortune Only Serves to Increase the Pride of the Worthy.
  • Chapter 3 A Migration-The Fortunate Circumstances of our Lives are Generally Found at Last to Be of our Own Procuring.
  • Chapter 4 A Proof That Even the Humblest Fortune May Grant Happiness, Which Depends not on Circumstances but Constitution.
  • Chapter 5 A New and Great Acquaintance Introduced-What we Place Most Hopes upon Generally Proves Most Fatal.
  • Chapter 6 The Happiness of a Country Fireside.
  • Chapter 7 A Town Wit Described-The Dullest Fellows may Learn to be Comical for a Night or Two.
  • Chapter 8 An Amour Which Promises Little Good Fortune; yet May Be Productive of Much.
  • Chapter 9 Two Ladies of Great Distinction Introduced-Superior Finery Ever Seems to Confer Superior Breeding.
  • Chapter 10 The Family Endeavors to Cope with Their Betters-The Miseries of the Poor When they Attempt to Appear above Their Circumstances.
  • Chapter 11 The Family Still Resolve to Hold Up Their Heads.
  • Chapter 12 Fortune Seems Resolved to Humble the Family of Wakefield-Mortifications are Often More Painful than Real Calamities.
  • Chapter 13 Mr. Burchell is Found to Be an Enemy: for He Has the Confidence to Give Disagreeable Advice.
  • Chapter 14 Fresh Mortifications, or a Demonstration that Seeming Calamities May Be Real Blessings.
  • Chapter 15 All Mr. Burchell's Villainy at Once Detected-The Folly of Being Over-Wise.
  • Chapter 16 The Family Use Art; Which is Opposed with Still Greater.
  • Chapter 17 Scarcely Any Virtue Found to Resist the Power of Long and Pleasing Temptation
  • Chapter 18 The Pursuit of a Father to Reclaim a Lost Child to Virtue.
  • Chapter 19 The Description of a Person Discontented with the Present Government, and Apprehensive of the Loss of Our Liberties.
  • Chapter 20 The History of a Philosophic Vagabond, Pursuing Novelty, but Losing Content.
  • Chapter 21 The Short Continuance of Friendship among the Vicious, Which is Coeval only with Mutual Satisfaction.
  • Chapter 22 Offences are Easily Pardoned Where There is Love at Bottom.
  • Chapter 23 None but the Guilty can be Long and Completely Miserable.
  • Chapter 24 Fresh Calamities.
  • Chapter 25 No Situation, However Wretched It Seems, but Has Some Sort of Comfort Attending It.
  • Chapter 26 A Reformation in the Gaol-To Make Laws Complete They Should Reward as well as Punish.
  • Chapter 27 The Same Subject Continued.
  • Chapter 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.
  • Chapter 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,
  • Chapter 30 Happier Prospects Begin to Appear-Let Us Be Inflexible and Fortune Will at Last Change in Our Favor
  • Chapter 31 Former Benevolence Now Repaid with Unexpected Interest.
  • Chapter 32 The Conclusion.