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TheReadingReportofVanityFairStudentnumber:1.Theauthor:ThackerayWilliamMakepeacewasanEnglishjournalist,novelist,famousforhisnovelVANITYFAIR(1847-48),ataleofmiddle-classfamiliesinLondon.MostofThackeraysmajornovelswerepublishedasmonthlyserials.Thackeraystudiedinasatiricalandmoralisticlighttodescribemiddle-classEnglishlife.HewasonceseenastheequalofhiscontemporaryDickens.WilliamMakepeaceThackeraywasborninCalcuttain1811.HisparentsreturnedtoEnglandin1817andThackeraywaseducatedatCharterhouseandTrinityCollege,Cambridge.HisfatherwasanofficeroftheEastIndiaCompany.Whenhewas4yearsold,hisfatherdiedandawealthymerchantbecamehisstepfatherwhoalwaysmovedinpolitesociety.However,ThackeraybecameaddictedtogamblingandleftCambridgein1830withoutadegreeandheavilyindebt.Andthenhebeganwriting.ThackeraymovedtoPariswherehebecametheFrenchcorrespondentfortheradicalnewspaperTheConstitutional.WhenTheConstitutionalceasedpublication,ThackeraymovedbacktoEnglandandbegancontributingarticlestoawidevarietyofnewspapersandjournals,includingTheReading Report for <The Picture of Dorian Gray>

Recently, I read the novel<the picture of Dorian Gray>, written by Oscar wilde.This novel is about a 19th-century aristocrat Dorian who makes a deal with the devil for eternal youth. After Dorian trades his soul to the devil, he never appears to age, but a portrait of him looks more and more hideous with each sin he commits. His immoral behavior drives his fian away and leads to her suicide ...blahblahblan.
不过挺难 推荐你一个地方:作文网 你可据自己的英文水平借鉴一下那里的作The Scarlet Letter Book Notes Summary
The Narrator tells us that he found some documents telling the story of a Scarlet Letter used by a woman named Hester Prynne from Boston, Massachusetts in the early seventeenth century. He goes on to write an embellished version of the story.

The story begins with Hester Prynne, who has just given birth to an illegitimate daughter, leaving the prison to serve her sentence of standing in the town scaffolds for an hour with her three-month-old baby. She has also been required to wear a red letter "A," to stand for Adulteress, on her chest. Hester has embroidered the A with beautiful gold thread and amazing artistry. While Hester is standing on the scaffold, Roger Chillingworth, who appears to recognize her, appears out of the woods. Hester is also asked to name the man with whom she sins, but refuses.

The years pass and Hesters daughter Pearl grows into an impetuous little girl. Hester has moved with Pearl into a small cottage on the outskirts of town and makes her living by embroidering and sewing clothing for the townspeople. Roger Chillingworth, who turns out to be Hesters long presumed-dead husband from Europe, befriends Hesters Pastor, Arthur Dimmesdale, and the two eventually move in together. Chillingworth has billed himself as a physician, and therefore able to care for Dimmesdale, who is in very poor health. In a rare moment when Dimmesdale lets his guard down, Chillingworth discovers an open, self-inflicted wound on Dimmesdales chest.

Dimmesdales health continues to decline, and Chillingworths character changes noticeably. He becomes a demon-like presence in Dimmesdales life. Hester notices this change in Chillingworth and confronts him. It is suddenly clear that Chillingworth has determined that Dimmesdale is Pearls father, and that Chillingworth intends to make Dimmesdales life a living hell. Hester understands the gravity of the situation and decides to tell Dimmesdale who Chillingworth really is. At first, when Chillingworth first entered the settlement, he had sworn Hester to secrecy about his true identity. Hester decides that, for the sake of Dimmesdales sanity, she must warn him about Chillingworths character.

In a surprise and secret meeting with Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester reveals her secret, and begs a defeated and angry Dimmesdale for forgiveness. He eventually grants forgiveness, and agrees to leave the colony with Hester and Pearl as soon as possible. Unfortunately, somehow Chillingworth manages to find out about their secret plan to leave, and books passage on the same boat bound for Europe. In the meantime, Dimmesdale prepares for his final sermon, the Election Sermon given on the day the local officials are sworn into office. He writes and re-writes a dramatic speech which proclaims his sinful nature, which none of his parishioners can understand or accept. Dimmesdale is known as a brilliant and inspirational preacher, and his congregation is convinced of his godliness. After the exhausting sermon is over, Dimmesdale leaves the church and approaches the town scaffold. As he climbs the steps, he comes upon Hester and Pearl standing in the shadows, and pulls them onto the scaffold with him. In that moment, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale bares his chest wound to the congregation, and takes Pearls hand to confess his fatherhood. He then dies.

After this dramatic admission and Dimmesdales death, Chillingworth no longer has anything to live for. He dies shortly thereafter. Hester and Pearl go to Europe for many years, and Hester eventually returns without her daughter. No one knows where Pearl is, although Hester is seen sewing extravagant baby clothing that no one in the colony would ever use. In addition, Hester continues to receive letters from a man of great means throughout the rest of her life. She lives a long life, and serves as counselor to many troubled women, as well as a giver of charity. When she dies, Hester is buried next to Dimmesdales sunken grave under a tombstone that says "On a Field, Sable, the Letter A, Gules."
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