The Inevitable, 'The Law Inevitable' or 'Inevitable', (Dutch: Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid, literally 'Along lines of graduality') is a novel by Dutch author Louis Couperus, published in 1900. It was first translated into English by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos and published in New York in 1920 by Dodd Mead and Company, and in London ('The Law Inevitable', 1921) by Thornton Butterworth. Both editions were reprinted once, in the year 1921. In 2005 a new edition was published by Pushkin Press, New York, titled 'Inevitable', without the definite article.
It chronicles the story of a 23-year-old Dutch divorcee, Cornélie de Retz van Loo, from an upper-class The Hague background who seeks to start a new emancipated and culturally fulfilling life in Italy.
In Britain the novel's erotic explicitness and the social issues it deals with provoked significant criticism upon its publication.
- R. Breugelmans, Louis Couperus in den vreemde, Leiden 2008 (second edition), a bibliography of translations of Couperus
- Pushkin Press blurb of Inevitable
- Afterword to Inevitable by Paul Vincent