Two Sides of a Question

May SINCLAIR (1863 - 1946)

Here are two gemlike novellas in one volume, written in May Sinclair’s clearest and cleverest prose and exploring the many ways in which a woman can be held captive, held back from the “intoxication of freedom.” In “The Cosmopolitan,” Frida Tancred is a wealthy heiress trapped by family obligation in a dismal provincial estate, hopelessly longing to see all the glories of the world and with no way of escape but the conventional one of marriage. In “Superseded,” spinsterish Miss Juliana Quincey has been teaching arithmetic in a London girls’ school for twenty-five years when she suddenly falls in love with a much younger man and begins to question the assumptions of her life. So dramatically different in terms of characters, plot, and style, both novellas are united in a passionate quest of freedom and a like determination on the part of two very different women to achieve freedom on their own terms. The “Question” of which Sinclair is demonstrating the “Two Sides” seems to be this: Does a woman need a man in her life in order to define herself? In coming to her conclusions, Sinclair explores many layers of human life: art, philosophy, education, science, social class, religion. The marvel is that she is able to do all this in two such small, luminous novels. ( Expatriate)

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 1 Expatriate
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Play 02 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 2 Expatriate
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Play 03 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 3 Expatriate
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Play 04 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 4 Expatriate
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Play 05 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 5 Expatriate
00:12:50
Play 06 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 6 Expatriate
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Play 07 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 7 Expatriate
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Play 08 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 8 Expatriate
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Play 09 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 9 Expatriate
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Play 10 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 10 Expatriate
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Play 11 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 11 Expatriate
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Play 12 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 12 Expatriate
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Play 13 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. I: Inland, Ch. 13 Expatriate
00:22:00
Play 14 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 14 Expatriate
00:10:47
Play 15 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 15 Expatriate
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Play 16 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 16 Expatriate
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Play 17 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 17 Expatriate
00:04:05
Play 18 The Cosmopolitan, Pt. II: Outward Bound, Ch. 18 Expatriate
00:10:56
Play 19 Superseded, Ch. 01: Prologue: Miss Quincey Stops the Way Expatriate
00:11:14
Play 20 Superseded, Ch. 02: Household Gods Expatriate
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Play 21 Superseded, Ch. 03: Inaugural Addresses Expatriate
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Play 22 Superseded, Ch. 04: Bastian Cautley, M. D. Expatriate
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Play 23 Superseded, Ch. 05: Healers & Regenerators Expatriate
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Play 24 Superseded, Ch. 06: Spring Fashions Expatriate
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Play 25 Superseded, Ch. 07: Under a Blue Moon Expatriate
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Play 26 Superseded, Ch. 08: A Painful Misunderstanding Expatriate
00:19:51
Play 27 Superseded, Ch. 09: Through the Stethoscope Expatriate
00:10:30
Play 28 Superseded, Ch. 10: Miss Quincey Stands Back Expatriate
00:23:50
Play 29 Superseded, Ch. 11: Dr. Cautley Sends in His Bill Expatriate
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Play 30 Superseded, Ch. 12: Epilogue: The Man & the Woman Expatriate
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