God's fool

Maarten MAARTENS (1858 - 1915)


At the age of nine, Elias Lossell becomes deaf and blind from an accident. Communication with him becomes difficult, and mentally, he never really grows up. Years later, circumstances make him the richest man in town as the heir of the wealthy firm of tea merchants, while his two younger twin half-brothers Hendrik and Hubert are left to do the actual work of management on his behalf. This causes a lot of resentment, especially with half-brother Hendrik, who loves money, and is also hampered by a headstrong, spendthrift wife. Hendrik tries to gain control of the firm and buy out Elias by any means, but things get out of hand.
The novel is full of satirical comments and asides directed at the reader. It is set in the fictitious Dutch town of Koopstad (“Buying City”), where money, commercial success and social status are very important. It gives a satirical view of contemporary life at the end of the 19th century. The novel was a bestseller at the time of its appearance in 1892, though it is now all but forgotten. Maarten Maartens (1858-1915) was a Dutch writer who wrote all his principal literary work in English. (Summary by Anna Simon)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Sweeps the reader into a cloud of mist Anna Simon
00:13:13
Play 02 Shows that the story will be a highly respectable one Anna Simon
00:14:42
Play 03 And also altogether comfortable Anna Simon
00:10:46
Play 04 The new life begins Anna Simon
00:18:47
Play 05 Light and shade Anna Simon
00:19:13
Play 06 "Thunder"-storms Anna Simon
00:18:26
Play 07 Stepmothers Anna Simon
00:17:07
Play 08 Cousin Cocoa Anna Simon
00:16:31
Play 09 Elias hears - the thruth Anna Simon
00:08:24
Play 10 Dr. Pillenaar's revenge Anna Simon
00:18:33
Play 11 "Like a stream under a willow-tree" Anna Simon
00:21:56
Play 12 Volderdoes Zonen Anna Simon
00:25:56
Play 13 The head of the firm Anna Simon
00:22:31
Play 14 No thoroughfare, and the way out Anna Simon
00:13:33
Play 15 Hendrik's temptation Anna Simon
00:33:59
Play 16 Compos mentis Anna Simon
00:16:41
Play 17 A "struggle-for-lifer" Anna Simon
00:16:36
Play 18 The marriage-lottery Anna Simon
00:13:38
Play 19 Blank Anna Simon
00:19:18
Play 20 Cousins and cozenage Anna Simon
00:13:54
Play 21 The bride asks for flowers on her path Anna Simon
00:18:37
Play 22 Treats of religion Anna Simon
00:17:48
Play 23 Music and discord Anna Simon
00:15:43
Play 24 A prince among paupers Anna Simon
00:21:42
Play 25 Elias slays his ten thousands Anna Simon
00:12:48
Play 26 Hendrik Lossell's first step Anna Simon
00:19:49
Play 27 Aigre-doux Anna Simon
00:14:50
Play 28 Why not? Anna Simon
00:13:00
Play 29 A partnership with limited liability Anna Simon
00:15:58
Play 30 Elias's eyes open upon the world Anna Simon
00:12:00
Play 31 Two brothers in misfortune Anna Simon
00:13:11
Play 32 "A fool and his money" Anna Simon
00:16:48
Play 33 The Rubicon Anna Simon
00:10:11
Play 34 A fool's thoughts Anna Simon
00:08:00
Play 35 And a wise man's deeds Anna Simon
00:07:46
Play 36 Two rights and no wrong Anna Simon
00:20:05
Play 37 A strange duck in the pond Anna Simon
00:26:41
Play 38 The power of attorney Anna Simon
00:21:12
Play 39 The message of eternal spring Anna Simon
00:12:45
Play 40 A flash of light Anna Simon
00:07:48
Play 41 Brothers in unity Anna Simon
00:26:29
Play 42 Blind justice Anna Simon
00:18:55
Play 43 Doomed Anna Simon
00:24:39
Play 44 Alas, poor Hubert! Anna Simon
00:26:05
Play 45 Social science Anna Simon
00:19:44
Play 46 The catastrophe Anna Simon
00:31:51
Play 47 The shadow of the sword Anna Simon
00:12:59
Play 48 Shoemaker, stick to thy last Anna Simon
00:13:59
Play 49 Hubert's deliverance Anna Simon
00:05:34
Play 50 Elias's guilt Anna Simon
00:08:18
Play 51 Koopstad cackles Anna Simon
00:17:08
Play 52 The resurrection and the life Anna Simon
00:20:46