H. G. Wells: Tono-Bungay

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Tono-Bungay is a mostly realist novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1909, and one of Wells's most important novels.

George Ponderevo is the son of the housekeeper at the country house Bladesover; he has never known his father. When playing with the child of the Hon. Beatrice Normandy, George first becomes aware of his inferior social class, and rebels against it. Beatrice's half-brother Archie teases George for dropping his aitches; after the fight that results, George is banished from Bladesover and sent to live with his nonconformist Uncle Nicodemus in Chatham. He runs away in protest back to Bladesover, from where his mother sends him to live with another uncle, Edward Ponderevo, in Wimblehurst (a portrait of …

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James, Simon John. "Tono-Bungay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 November 2008
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