Elsie Venner

Oliver Wendell HOLMES, SR. (1809 - 1894)

Bernard Langdon is close to earning his degree in medicine when his family finds itself in financial difficulties, forcing Langdon to interrupt his studies for a time in order to earn money with which to fund the rest of his degree. He therefore leaves Boston in order to teach at a school in a village in the area. One of his students is Elsie Venner, a seventeen year-old girl, who is avoided by her peers and keeps apart. Somehow, Elsie exerts a great fascination on Langdon, as there is something distinctly different about her with her strangeness and quick temper.

Elsie Venner is one of Oliver Wendell Holmes' "medicated novels", in which he explores a medical condition of a character. Holmes was teaching at Harvard Medical School when this book was published, and he chose to let a professor of medicine narrate the story. Elsie Venner is notable for its strong Boston local colour, being at the same time the book in which Holmes coined the term "Boston Brahmin". - Summary by Carolin

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prefaces BettyB
00:08:32
Play 01 The Brahmin Caste of New England BettyB
00:10:26
Play 02 The Student and his Certificate Ashley M.
00:24:40
Play 03 Mr. Bernard tries his Hand deongines
00:37:36
Play 04 The Moth flies into the Candle deongines
00:23:25
Play 05 An Old-Fashioned Descriptive Chapter deongines
00:29:34
Play 06 The Sunbeam and the Shadow deongines
00:23:20
Play 07 The Event of the Season, part 1 deongines
00:38:23
Play 08 The Event of the Season, part 2 deongines
00:35:57
Play 09 The Morning After deongines
00:31:11
Play 10 The Doctor orders the Best Sulky deongines
00:09:13
Play 11 The Doctor calls on Elsie Venner deongines
00:19:03
Play 12 Cousin Richard's Visit deongines
00:30:51
Play 13 The Apollinean Institute deongines
00:26:12
Play 14 Curiosity deongines
00:30:41
Play 15 Family Secrets deongines
00:22:13
Play 16 Physiological deongines
00:30:36
Play 17 Epistolary deongines
00:28:22
Play 18 Old Sophy calls on the Reverend Doctor deongines
00:36:59
Play 19 The Reverend Doctor calls on Brother Fairweather deongines
00:18:21
Play 20 The Spider on his Thread deongines
00:25:24
Play 21 From without and from within deongines
00:24:54
Play 22 The Widow Rowens gives a Tea-Party, part 1 deongines
00:29:59
Play 23 The Widow Rowens gives a Tea-Party, part 2 deongines
00:26:28
Play 24 Why Doctors differ deongines
00:32:23
Play 25 The Wild Huntsman deongines
00:27:53
Play 26 On his Tracks deongines
00:23:18
Play 27 The Perilous Hour, part 1 deongines
00:24:49
Play 28 The Perilous Hour, part 2 deongines
00:22:59
Play 29 The News reaches the Dudley Mansion deongines
00:35:14
Play 30 A Soul in Distress deongines
00:20:45
Play 31 The Secret is Whispered, part 1 deongines
00:25:13
Play 32 The Secret is Whispered, part 2 deongines
00:26:12
Play 33 The White Ash deongines
00:21:00
Play 34 The Golden Cord is loosed deongines
00:32:09
Play 35 Mr. Silas Peckham renders his Account deongines
00:33:45
Play 36 Conclusion deongines
00:09:30