The Prisoner, also translated as The Captive, is the first volume of the section within In Search of Lost Time known as the Albertine novel. The name "Albertine" first appears in Proust's notebooks in 1913. The material in volumes 5 and 6 were developed during the hiatus between the publication of volumes 1 and 2 and they are a departure of the original three-volume series originally planned by Proust. This is the first of Proust's books published posthumously. The Prisoner picks up where Sodome et Gomorrhe left off, with our narrator Marcel and his partner Albertine now back in Paris, having left Balbec behind. He invents a story about a broken engagement of his, to convince her to go to Paris with him, and after hesitating she suddenly agrees to go immediately. The Narrator tells his mother: he must marry Albertine. But is this happily ever after? The Narrator is living with Albertine in his family's apartment, to Françoise's distrust and his absent mother's chagrin. He marvels that he has come to possess her, but has grown bored with her. He mostly stays home but has enlisted Andrée to report on Albertine's whereabouts, as his jealousy remains. The Narrator gets advice on fashion from Mme de Guermantes and encounters Charlus and Morel visiting Jupien and her niece, who is being married off to Morel despite his cruelty towards her. Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Prisoner”, the fifth part of In Search of Lost Time, a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust.