Egoist

The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novel follows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. (Summary from Wikipedia)

51 chapters
00 - Prelude
01 - Chapter I
02 - Chapter II
03 - Chapter III
04 - Chapter IV
05 - Chapter V
06 - Chapter VI
07 - Chapter VII
08 - Chapter VIII
09 - Chapter IX
10 - Chapter X
11 - Chapter XI
12 - Chapter XII
13 - Chapter XIII
14 - Chapter XIV
15 - Chapter XV
16 - Chapter XVI
17 - Chapter XVII
18 - Chapter XVIII
19 - Chapter XIX
20 - Chapter XX
21 - Chapter XXI
22 - Chapter XXII
23 - Chapter XXIII
24 - Chapter XXIV
25 - Chapter XXV
26 - Chapter XXVI
27 - Chapter XXVII
28 - Chapter XXVIII
29 - Chapter XXIX
30 - Chapter XXX
31 - Chapter XXXI
32 - Chapter XXXII
33 - Chapter XXXIII
34 - Chapter XXXIV
35 - Chapter XXXV
36 - Chapter XXXVI
37 - Chapter XXXVII
38 - Chapter XXXVIII
39 - Chapter XXXIX
40 - Chapter XL
41 - Chapter XLI
42 - Chapter XLII
43 - Chapter XLIII
44 - Chapter XLIV
45 - Chapter XLV
46 - Chapter XLVI
47 - Chapter XLVII
48 - Chapter XLVIII
49 - Chapter XLIX
50 - Chapter L