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An Old Man's Love

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

1. MRS BAGGETT
2. MR WHITTLESTAFF
3. MARY LAWRIE
4. MARY LAWRIE ACCEPTS MR WHITTLESTAFF
5. 'I SUPPOSE IT WAS A DREAM'
6. JOHN GORDON
7. JOHN GORDON AND MR WHITTLESTAFF
8. JOHN GORDON AND MARY LAWRIE
9. THE REV MONTAGU BLAKE
10. JOHN GORDON AGAIN GOES TO CROKER'S HALL
11. MRS BAGGETT TRUSTS ONLY IN THE FUNDS
12. MR BLAKE'S GOOD NEWS
13. AT LITTLE ALRESFORD
14. MR WHITTLESTAFF IS GOING OUT TO DINNER
15. MR WHITTLESTAFF GOES OUT TO DINNER
16. MRS BAGGETT'S PHILOSOPHY
17. MR WHITTLESTAFF MEDITATES A JOURNEY
18. MR AND MRS TOOKEY
19. MR WHITTLESTAFF'S JOURNEY DISCUSSED
20. MR WHITTLESTAFF TAKES HIS JOURNEY
21. THE GREEN PARK
22. JOHN GORDON WRITES A LETTER
23. AGAIN AT CROKER'S HALL
24. CONCLUSION

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Summary

This was Trollope's last completed novel, and he may have acquired his sympathy for older lovers with age! A not-so-very-old man, Mr. Whittlestaff, dearly loves Mary Lawrie, the girl he provides a home for after her father's death. He wishes to marry her, and she reluctantly accepts him, but warns him of her deep regard for a young man she had known years earlier. That Mr. Gordon had not exactly engaged her, but had gone off to seek his fortune and had not communicated with Mary ever since. Shortly after Mary accepts Mr. Whittlestaff, Gordon shows up. Trollope works out a final arrangement which resolves the quandary, but not with comfort. (Arnold Banner)