Diana of the Crossways

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Diana of the Crossways  (1885) 
by George Meredith
Diana of the Crossways is a novel by George Meredith which was published in 1885. It is an account of an intelligent and forceful woman trapped in a miserable marriage and was prompted by Meredith's friendship with society beauty and author Caroline Norton. — Excerpted from Diana of the Crossways on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

DIANA OF THE CROSSWAYS

By George Meredith

1897

Contents[edit]

BOOK 1.

  • Chapter 1: Of Diaries And Diarists Touching The Heroine
  • Chapter 2: An Irish Ball
  • Chapter 3: The Interior Of Mr. Redworth And The Exterior Of Mr. Sullivan Smith
  • Chapter 4: Containing Hints Of Diana's Experiences And Of What They Led To
  • Chapter 5: Concerning The Scrupulous Gentleman Who Came Too Late
  • Chapter 6: The Couple
  • Chapter 7: The Crisis
  • Chapter 8: In Which Is Exhibited How A Practical Man And A Divining Woman Learn To Respect One Another

BOOK 2.

  • Chapter 9: Shows How A Position Of Delicacy For A Lady And Gentleman Was Met In Simple Fashion Without Hurt To Either.
  • Chapter 10: The Conflict Of The Night
  • Chapter 11: Recounts The Journey In A Chariot, With A Certain Amount Of Dialogue, And A Small Incident On The Road
  • Chapter 12: Between Emma And Diana
  • Chapter 13: Touching The First Days Of Her Probation
  • Chapter 14: Giving Glimpses Of Diana Under Her Cloud Before The World And Of Her Further Apprenticeship
  • Chapter 15: Introduces The Hon. Percy Dacier
  • Chapter 16: Treats Of A Midnight Bell, And Of A Scene Of Early Morning
  • Chapter 17: The Princess Egeria

BOOK 3.

  • Chapter 18: The Authoress
  • Chapter 19: A Drive In Sunlight And A Drive In Moonlight
  • Chapter 20: Diana's Night-WATCH In The Chamber Of Death
  • Chapter 21: The Young Minister Of State
  • Chapter 22: Between Diana And Dacier : The Wind East Over Bleak Land
  • Chapter 23: Records A Visit To Diana From One Of The World's Good Women
  • Chapter 24: Indicates A Soul Prepared For Desperation
  • Chapter 25: Once More The Crossways And A Change Of Turnings
  • Chapter 26: In Which A Disappointed Lover Receives A Multitude Of Lessons

BOOK 4.

  • Chapter 27: Contains Matter For Subsequent Explosion
  • Chapter 28: Dialogue Round The Subject Of A Portrait, With Some Indications Of The Task For Diana
  • Chapter 29: Shows The Approaches Of The Political And The Domestic Crisis In Company
  • Chapter 30: In Which There Is A Taste Of A Little Dinner And An Aftertaste
  • Chapter 31: A Chapter Containing Great Political News And Therewith An Intrusion Of The Love-GOD
  • Chapter 32: Wherein We Behold A Giddy Turn At The Spectral Crossways
  • Chapter 33: Exhibits The Springing Of A Mine In A Newspaper Article
  • Chapter 34: In Which It Is Darkly Seen How The Criminal's Judge May Be Love's Criminal
  • Chapter 35: Reveals How The True Heroine Of Romance Comes Finally To Her, Time Of Triumph

BOOK 5.

  • Chapter 36: Is Conclusive As To The Heartlessness Of Women With Brains
  • Chapter 37: An Exhibition Of Some Champions Of The Stricken Lady
  • Chapter 38: Convalescence Of A Healthy Mind Distraught
  • Chapter 39: Of Nature With One Of Her Cultivated Daughters And A Short Excursion In Anti-CLIMAX
  • Chapter 40: In Which We See Nature Making Of A Woman A Maid Again, And A Thrice Whimsical
  • Chapter 41: Contains A Revelation Of The Origin Of The Tigress In Diana
  • Chapter 42: The Penultimate : Showing A Final Struggle For Liberty And Run Into Harness
  • Chapter 43: Nuptial Chapter: And Of How A Barely Willing Woman Was Led To Bloom With Nuptial Sentiment


A lady of high distinction for wit and beauty the daughter of an illustrious Irish House, came under the shadow of a calumny. It has latterly been examined and exposed as baseless. The story of Diana of the Crossways is to be read as fiction.


This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.