Rachel Ray: Rachel Ray offers a masterly and entertaining evocation of a small community living its life in mid-nineteenth-century England. The novel first appeared in 1863, a year in which public reaction against the excesses of the popularMoreRachel Ray: Rachel Ray offers a masterly and entertaining evocation of a small community living its life in mid-nineteenth-century England.
The novel first appeared in 1863, a year in which public reaction against the excesses of the popular sensationalist novel prompted Trollope to state that he waswriting about the commonest details of commonplace life among the most ordinary people.Linda Tressel: Linda Tressel, a young girl in Nuremberg, lived with her aunt Frau Staubach, a religious fanatic who thought that all young girls were inclined to think too much of worldly things.
To provide a stabilizing effect she arranged a marriage for her niece with old Peter Stenimarc, who had an eye of Lindas property. Linda disliked him intensely and had, moreover, fallen in love with Ludovic Valcarm, a young man of her own age, and Peters cousin.
Ludovics political views were displeasing to the police, and when Linda ran away with him to Augsburg, he was arrested as they stepped from the train. Frau Staubach followed them and took Linda back to Nuremberg, where her elderly suitor repudiated her.Miss Mackenzie: In Miss Mackenzie Trollope made a deliberate attempt to prove that a novel may be produced without any love, but as he candidly admits in his Autobiography, the attempt breaks down before the conclusion.In taking for his heroine an middle - aged spinster, his contemporaries of writing about young girls in love.
Instead he depicts Margaret Mackenzie, overwhelmed with money troubles, as she tries to assess the worth and motives of four very different suitors.Although her creator calls her unattractive, most readers will warm to Miss Mackenzie and admire her modesty, dignity, and shrewdness.