- "I think I could be a good woman, if I had five thousand a year," observes beautiful and clever Becky Sharp, one of the wickedest - and most appealing - woman in all of literature.
- Scorned for her lack of money and breeding, Becky must use all her wit, charm and considerable sex appeal to escape her drab destiny as a governess.
- From London's ballrooms to the battlefields of Waterloo, the bewitching Becky works her wiles on a gallery of memorable characters, including her lecherous employer, Sir Pitt: his rich sister, Miss Crawley: and Pitt's dashing son, Rawdon, the first of Becky's misguided sexual entanglements.
- Filled with hilarious dialogue and superb characterisations, Vanity Fair is a richly entertaining satire of upper-middle-class London life that asks the reader, "Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?
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