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Tobias Smollett, in the preface to his first novel, The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748), acknowledges the influence of Alain René Le Sage’s L’Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (1715–35 in four volumes) on his work. By far the most successful of “useful and entertaining” romances, Smollett writes, Gil Blas describes “the knavery and foibles of life, with infinite humour and sagacity.” “The following sheets,” he adds significantly, “I have modeled on his plan.”
 
Smollett’s translation of Gil Blas appeared nine months after the publication of Roderick Random. This chronicle of a merry, philosophical young man whose adventures lead him into all levels of society from the highest to the lowest, presents special problems for a translator. Smollett, without always adhering to the literal expression of the novel’s language, is true to its style, spirit, and ideas. After two and a half centuries, his remains the finest translation of this humorous, satiric, and classic French novel.
 
In his early years in London, Smollett struggled to find a way to distinguish himself through his medical practice, medical writings, poetry, and plays. None of these attempts, however, allowed him to demonstrate the full range of his personality and talents. Only when he combined his own boundless imagination with the skills he had learned from translating Gil Blas was he able to create energetic narratives filled with vivid and original characters.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxix
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  1. VOLUME ONE
  2. p. 1
  1. The Contents of Volume I.
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. The Author's Declarations
  2. p. 7
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  1. Gil Blas to the Reader
  2. p. 9
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  1. BOOK I
  2. p. 11
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  1. Chapter I. Of the birth and education of Gil Blas.
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Chapter II. Of his being grievously alarmed in his way to Pennafl or: Of his conduct in that town; with an account of a person who supp’d with him.
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. Chapter IV. A description of the subterranean habitation, and of what Gil Blas observed therein.
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Chapter V. Of the arrival of more thieves in the subterranean habitation, and the agreeable conversation that happened among them.
  2. pp. 20-26
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  1. Chapter VI. Of the attempt of Gil Blas to make his escape, and the success thereof.
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Chapter VII. Of the behaviour of Gil Blas, when he could do no better.
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Chapter VIII. Gil Blas accompanies the thieves, and performs an exploit on the highway.
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. Chapter IX. Of the serious affair that followed this adventure.
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. Chapter X. In what manner the robbers behaved to the lady.—Of the great design which Gil Blas projected, and the issue thereof.
  2. pp. 33-36
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  1. Chapter XI. The history of Donna Mencia of Mosquera.
  2. pp. 37-41
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  1. Chapter XII. The disagreeable manner in which Gil Blas and the lady were interrupted.
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. Chapter XIII. By what accident Gil Blas was set at liberty at last; and whither he directed his course.
  2. pp. 43-45
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  1. Chapter XIV. Of his reception at Burgos by Donna Mencia.
  2. pp. 45-47
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  1. Chapter XVI. Shews that we ought not to trust too much to prosperity.
  2. pp. 50-54
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  1. Chapter XVII. How Gil Blas bestowed himself after the adventure of the ready- furnished lodging.
  2. pp. 54-59
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  1. BOOK II
  2. p. 61
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  1. Chapter I. Fabricius conducts Gil Blas, and introduces him to the licentiate Sedillo. The situation of this canon. A description of his housekeeper.
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. Chapter II. In what manner the canon was treated when he fell sick:—the consequence of it; and the legacy which he left to Gil Blas.
  2. pp. 66-69
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  1. Chapter III. Gil Blas engages himself in the service of Doctor Sangrado, and becomes a celebrated physician.
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. Chapter IV. Gil Blas continues to act the physician with equal capacity and success.— The adventure of the ring retrieved.
  2. pp. 72-79
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  1. Chapter V. The sequel of the ring retrieved. Gil Blas quits the profession of physick, and makes his retreat from Valladolid.
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. Chapter VI. Of his route when he left Valladolid; and the person he joined on the road.
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. Chapter VII. The story of the journeyman barber.
  2. pp. 84-97
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  1. Chapter VIII. Gil Blas and his companion come up with a man, whom they perceive soaking crusts of bread in a spring; and enter into conversation with him.
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Chapter IX. The condition in which Diego fi nds his family; and an account of the rejoicings: after which Gil Blas bids him farewel.
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. BOOK III
  2. p. 105
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  1. Chapter I. The arrival of Gil Blas at Madrid; with an account of the fi rst master whom he served in that city.
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Chapter II. The astonishment of Gil Blas, when he met Captain Rolando at Madrid, and the curious things which that robber recounted to him.
  2. pp. 109-113
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  1. Chapter III. He is dismissed by Don Barnard de Castil Blazo, and enters into the service of a beau.
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. Chapter V. Gil Blas sets up for a man of gallantry, and becomes acquainted with a fine lady.
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Chapter VI. The conversation of some noblemen, about the players of the prince’s company.
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Chapter VII. The history of Don Pompeio de Castro.
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. Chapter VIII. By what accident Gil Blas was obliged to seek a new place.
  2. pp. 136-138
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  1. Chapter IX. Of the person in whose service he engaged, after the death of Don Matthias de Silva.
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. Chapter X. Which is as short as the foregoing.
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. Chapter XI. How the players lived together; and their treatment of authors.
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. VOLUME TWO
  2. p. 149
  1. The Contents of Volume II
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. BOOK IV
  2. p. 155
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  1. Chapter I. Gil Blas being disgusted at the irregularities of the actresses, quits the service of Arsenia, and gets into a more creditable family.
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. Chapter II. The reception that Gil Blas met with from Aurora, and the conversation that passed between them.
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. Chapter III. The great change that happened in the family of Don Vincent, and the strange resolution with which love inspired the fair Aurora.
  2. pp. 160-163
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  1. Chapter IV. The baleful marriage. A Novel.
  2. pp. 164-179
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  1. Chapter V. The behaviour of Aurora de Gusman, at Salamanca.
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Chapter VI. The stratagems practised by Aurora, to captivate Don Lewis de Pacheco.
  2. pp. 184-189
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  1. Chapter VII. Gil Blas quits his place, and goes into the service of Don Gonzales de Pacheco.
  2. pp. 190-195
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  1. Chapter VIII. The character of the marchioness of Chaves, and of those people who usually visited her.
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Chapter IX. The incident, in consequence of which, Gil Blas quitted the marchioness de Chaves; and the course he followed afterwards.
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. Chapter X. The story of Don Alphonso and the fair Seraphina.
  2. pp. 202-211
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  1. Chapter XI. The old hermit discovers himself, and Gil Blas perceives that he is among his acquaintance.
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. BOOK V
  2. p. 215
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  1. Chapter I. The history of Don Raphael.
  2. pp. 215-253
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  1. Chapter II. The council which Don Raphael held with his hearers, and the adventure which happened to them when they designed to quit the wood.
  2. pp. 254-257
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  1. BOOK VI
  2. p. 259
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  1. Chapter II. The resolution which Don Alphonso and Gil Blas formed after this adventure.
  2. pp. 264-266
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  1. VOLUME THREE
  2. p. 269
  1. The Contents of Volume III
  2. pp. 273-277
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  1. BOOK VII
  2. p. 279
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  1. Chapter I. The amours of Gil Blas and dame Lorença Sephora.
  2. pp. 279-283
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  1. Chapter II. The fate of Gil Blas, after he quitted the castle of Leyva, and the happy consequence that attended the bad success of his amours.
  2. pp. 283-288
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  1. Chapter III. Gil Blas becomes the favourite of the archbishop, and the canal of his bounty.
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. Chapter IV. The archbishop is seized with a fit of the apoplexy. The dilemma in which Gil Blas found himself, and the method he took to be extricated.
  2. pp. 291-293
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  1. Chapter VI. Gil Blas goes to see a play at Grenada. His astonishment at the sight of one of the actresses; and the consequences of that event.
  2. pp. 295-299
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  1. Chapter VII. The history of Laura.
  2. pp. 300-307
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  1. Chapter VIII. The reception which Gil Blas met with from the players of Grenada, and his finding an old acquaintance behind the scenes.
  2. pp. 308-309
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  1. Chapter IX. He supped that evening with an extraordinary man: an account of what happened between them.
  2. pp. 310-311
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  1. Chapter X. The commission that the Marquis de Marialva gave to Gil Blas, and the manner in which that faithful secretary acquitted himself of it.
  2. pp. 312-314
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  1. Chapter XI. Gil Blas receives a piece of news, which is like a thunderbolt to him.
  2. pp. 314-315
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  1. Chapter XIV. Fabricius introduces Gil Blas to the service of Count Galiano, a Sicilian nobleman.
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Chapter XV. Count Galiano invests Gil Blas with an employment in his house.
  2. pp. 330-333
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  1. BOOK VIII
  2. p. 339
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  1. Chapter III. He learns that his post is not altogether without mortifications. His uneasiness at this piece of news, which obliges him to alter his conduct.
  2. pp. 346-348
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  1. Chapter IV. Gil Blas gains the favour of the duke of Lerma, who intrusts him with a secret of great importance.
  2. pp. 348-349
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  1. Chapter V. Gil Blas is overwhelmed with joy, honour and distress.
  2. pp. 350-352
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  1. Chapter VI. The manner in which Gil Blas informs the duke of Lerma of his necessity, and that minister’s behaviour on the occasion.
  2. pp. 352-355
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  1. Chapter VII. The good use to which he put his fifteen hundred ducats; the first affair in which he intermedled, and the profit from thence accruing.
  2. pp. 355-356
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  1. Chapter VIII. The history of Don Roger de Rada.
  2. pp. 356-361
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  1. Chapter IX. Gil Blas finds means to make a considerable fortune in a very short time, and gives himself great airs accordingly.
  2. pp. 361-366
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  1. Chapter XI. The private visit and presents which the prince of Spain made to Catalina.
  2. pp. 370-372
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  1. Chapter XII. Catalina’s real character. The perplexity and uneasiness of Gil Blas. The precaution he was obliged to take for his own quiet.
  2. pp. 373-374
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  1. BOOK IX
  2. p. 379
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  1. Chapter II. Gil Blas, by accident, remembers Don Alphonso de Leyva, and does him a piece of service, out of vanity.
  2. pp. 381-383
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  1. Chapter III. The preparations for the marriage of Gil Blas, and the great event that rendered them useless.
  2. pp. 383-385
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  1. Chapter IV. The treatment of Gil Blas in the tower of Segovia, and the manner in which he learned the cause of his imprisonment.
  2. pp. 386-388
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  1. Chapter V. His reflections before he went to sleep, and an account of the noise that waked him.
  2. pp. 388-390
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  1. Chapter VI. The history of Don Gaston de Cogollos, and Donna Helena de Galisteo.
  2. pp. 390-401
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  1. Chapter VII.Scipio finds Gil Blas in the tower of Segovia, and tells him a great deal of news.
  2. pp. 401-403
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  1. Chapter VIII. The motives and success of Scipio’s first journey to Madrid. Gil Blas falls sick: the consequence of his distemper.
  2. pp. 403-405
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  1. Chapter X. Their behaviour at Madrid. Gil Blas meets a certain person in the street. The consequence of that meeting.
  2. pp. 408-410
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  1. VOLUME FOUR
  2. p. 411
  1. The Contents of Volume IV
  2. pp. 415-419
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  1. BOOK X
  2. p. 421
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  1. Chapter IV. He departs for Valencia, to visit the noblemen of Leyva. His conversation with them, and the kind reception he met with from Seraphina.
  2. pp. 435-437
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  1. Chapter V. Gil Blas goes to the play, where he sees a new tragedy acted. The success of that performance, with the public taste of Valencia.
  2. pp. 438-439
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  1. Chapter VI. Gil Blas walking through the streets of Valencia meets a friar whom he thinks he knows. An account of that friar.
  2. pp. 440-443
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  1. Chapter VII. Gil Blas returns to his castle of Lirias. Hears an agreeable piece of news from Scipio. And makes a reform in his house keeping.
  2. pp. 443-445
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  1. Chapter VIII. The amours of Gil Blas and the fair Antonia.
  2. pp. 445-449
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  1. Chapter IX. The manner in which the nuptials of Gil Blas and the fair Antonia were celebrated; and the rejoicings with which they were attended.
  2. pp. 449-452
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  1. Chapter X. What followed the marriage of Gil Blas and the fair Antonia. The beginning of Scipio’s history.
  2. pp. 452-466
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  1. Chapter XI. The sequel of Scipio’s history.
  2. pp. 466-472
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  1. Chapter XII. The conclusion of Scipio’s history.
  2. pp. 472-481
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  1. BOOK XI
  2. p. 483
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  1. Chapter III. Gil Blas is hindered from executing his resolution to leave the court, and receives an important piece of service from Joseph Navarro.
  2. pp. 489-491
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  1. Chapter IV. Gil Blas acquires the love of Count d’Olivares.
  2. pp. 491-493
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  1. Chapter V. The private conversation which Gil Blas had with Navarro, and the first business in which he was employed by the Count d’Olivares.
  2. pp. 493-495
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  1. Chapter VI. The use to which Gil Blas put his three hundred pistoles; and his charge to Scipio: with the success of the above- mentioned memorial.
  2. pp. 495-497
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  1. Chapter VII. By what accident, in what place and condition, Gil Blas found his friend Fabricius; and the conversation that happened between them.
  2. pp. 498-500
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  1. Chapter VIII. Gil Blas becomes more and more beloved by his master. Scipio returns to Madrid, and gives an account of his journey to Santillane.
  2. pp. 500-501
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  1. Chapter IX. How, and to whom the Count-Duke married his only daughter, with the bitter fruits which that marriage produced.
  2. pp. 502-503
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  1. Chapter XI. Santillane obtains an employment for Scipio, who departs for New-Spain.
  2. pp. 506-507
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  1. Chapter XII. Don Alphonso de Leyva comes to Madrid; the motive of his journey. Gil Blas is afflicted at the cause, but rejoices at the consequence of it.
  2. pp. 507-509
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  1. Chapter XIV. Santillane visits the poet Nunnez: an account of the persons whom he found, and the discourse which he heard at his lodgings.
  2. pp. 513-515
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  1. BOOK XII
  2. p. 517
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  1. Chapter I. Gil Blas is sent to Toledo by the minister: the motive and success of his journey.
  2. pp. 517-522
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  1. Chapter III. Lucretia makes a great noise at court, and acts before the King, who falls in love with her. The consequences of his passion.
  2. pp. 523-526
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  1. Chapter IV. Santillane is invested by the minister with a new employment.
  2. pp. 526-527
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  1. Chapter VIII. Gil Blas is convinced of the truth of Fabricius’s intelligence. The King goes to Saragossa.
  2. pp. 533-534
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  1. Chapter IX. The revolution of Portugal, and the disgrace of the Count- Duke.
  2. pp. 534-536
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  1. Chapter XI. The Count- Duke becomes, all of a sudden, sad and thoughtful: the surprizing cause of his melancholy, with its fatal consequence.
  2. pp. 538-539
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  1. Chapter XII. The transactions at the castle of Loeches, after the death of the Count- Duke; and the departure of Santillane.
  2. pp. 541-542
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  1. Chapter XIII. Gil Blas returns to his castle, where he is overjoyed to find Seraphina, his god- daughter, marriageable: and falls in love with another lady.
  2. pp. 542-544
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  1. Chapter the Last. The double marriage celebrated at Lirias, which concludes the history of Gil Blas de Santillane.
  2. pp. 545-548
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  1. Notes to the Text
  2. pp. 549-606
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  1. Textual Commentary
  2. pp. 607-612
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  1. List of Emendations
  2. pp. 613-632
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  1. Textual Notes
  2. p. 633
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  1. Word-Division
  2. pp. 635-636
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  1. Historical Collation
  2. pp. 637-686
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  1. Bibliographical Descriptions
  2. pp. 687-693
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 695-698
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820337326
Related ISBN
9780820335728
MARC Record
OCLC
700071559
Pages
740
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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