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date: 23 January 2021

Egoist, The 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

A novel by George *Meredith, published 1879. The Egoist is Sir Willoughby Patterne, rich and handsome, with a high position in the county, but blind to his own arrogance and to the needs of the women he loves. Laetitia Dale, an intelligent young woman but past her first bloom, has loved him for many years, and his vanity has been flattered. But the dashing Constantia Durham is a greater prize, and she accepts his proposal. However, she soon discerns Sir Willoughby's limitations and elopes with the officer Harry Oxford, bringing Willoughby his first bewildering humiliation. Soon he discovers the qualities he requires in ... ...

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