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Can You Forgive Her?

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

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1. 01 – Mr. Vavasor and His Daughter
2. 02 – Lady Macleod
3. 03 – John Grey, The Worthy Man
4. 04 – George Vavasor, the Wild Man
5. 05 – The Balcony at Basle
6. 06 – The Bridge Over the Rhine
7. 07 – Aunt Greenow
8. 08 – Mr Cheesacre
9. 09 – The Rivals
10. 10 – Nethercoats
11. 11 – John Grey Goes to London
12. 12 – Mr George Vavasor at Home
13. 13 – Mr Grimes Gets His Odd Money
14. 14 – Alice Vavasor Becomes Troubled
15. 15 – Paramount Crescent
16. 16 – The Roebury Club
17. 17 – Edgehill
18. 18 – Alice Vavasor’s Great Relations
19. 19 – Tribute from Oilymead
20. 20 – Which Shall It Be?
21. 21 – Alice Is Taught To Grow Upwards, Towards The Light
22. 22 – Dandy and Flirt
23. 23 – Dinner At Matching Priory
24. 24 – Three Politicians
25. 25 – In Which Much of the History of the Pallisers Is Told
26. 26 – Lady Midlothian
27. 27 – The Priory Ruins
28. 28 – Alice Leaves the Priory
29. 29 – Burgo Fitzgerald
30. 30 – Containing a Love Letter
31. 31 – Among the Fells
32. 32 – Containing An Answer To The Love Letter
33. 33 – Monkshade
34. 34 – Mr Vavasor Speaks to His Daughter
35. 35 – Passion versus Prudence
36. 36 – John Grey Goes a Second Time to London
37. 37 – Mr Tombe’s Advice
38. 38 – The Inn at Shap
39. 39 – Mr Cheesacre’s Hospitality
40. 40 – Mrs Greenow’s Little Dinner in the Close
41. 41 – A Noble Lord Dies
42. 42 – Parliament Meets
43. 43 – Mrs Marsham
44. 44 – The Election for the Chelsea District
45. 45 – George Vavasor Takes His Seat
46. 46 – A Love Gift
47. 47 – Mr Cheesacre’s Disappointment
48. 48 – Preparations for Lady Monk’s Party
49. 49 – How Lady Glencora went to Lady Monk’s Party
50. 50 – How Lady Glencora Came Back from Lady Monk’s Party
51. 51 – Bold Speculation of Murder
52. 52 – What Occurred in Suffolk Street, Pall Mall
53. 53 – The Last Will of the Old Squire
54. 54 – Showing How Alice Was Punished
55. 55 – The Will
56. 56 – Another Walk on the Fell
57. 57 – Showing How the Wild Beast Got Himself Back from the Mountains
58. 58 – The Pallisers at Breakfast
59. 59 – The Duke of St Bungay in Search of a Minister
60. 60 – Alice Vavasor’s Name Gets into the Money Market
61. 61 – The Bills Are Made All Right
62. 62 – Going Abroad
63. 63 – Mr. John Grey in Queen Anne’s Street
64. 64 – The Rocks And Valleys
65. 65 – The First Kiss
66. 66 – Lady Monk’s Plan
67. 67 – The Last Kiss
68. 68 – From London to Baden
69. 69 – From Baden to Lucerne
70. 70 – At Lucerne
71. 71 – Show How George Vavasor Received a Visit
72. 72 – Showing How George Vavasor Paid a Visit
73. 73 – In Which Come Tidings of Great Moment to All Pallisers
74. 74 – Showing What Happened in the Churchyard
75. 75 – Rouge et Noir
76. 76 – The Landlord’s Bill
77. 77 – The Travellers Return Home
78. 78 – Mr. Cheeseacre’s Fate
79. 79 – Diamonds Are Diamonds
80. 80 – The Story is Finished Within the Halls of the Duke of Omnium

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Summary

The first book in the political Palliser series, the novel deals with parliamentary politics, while concurrently devoting its pages to much more intricate issues. Presenting three parallel stories, the parliamentary novel draws its attention to three contrasting young women, who are beset with arduous decisions concerning courtship and marriage. Additionally, the novel covers topics including women in conventional society and their discernment, while illustrating the tentative stages of marriage with all the attributes of sacrifice, compromise and temptation. The central plot of the novel begins with the introduction of Alice Vavasor, who after a rocky engagement and break up with her reckless cousin George, presently engages herself to the respectable, yet bland countryman John Grey. However, Alice fails to commit to her fiancé, and while on a trip to Switzerland with her cousin Kate, who is also George’s sister, she gives in to her cousin’s persuasion and jilts John and renews her engagement to George. Subsequently, his true nature begins to surface and once again Alice is overcome by indecisiveness. Still, John refuses to give up on the perverse young woman and continues with his determined pursuit of Alice’s alternating affection. Trollope’s novel additionally revolves around two other subplots concerning the similarly complicated love lives of Mrs. Greenow, a widow, and Glencora Palliser, a woman trapped inside a passionless marriage and left yearning for true love. Offering a front row seat overlooking the gender, political and social conventions of the time, Trollope’s piece presents a colorful array of female characters, who are not only put up against the conventions of society, but must also oppose their inner self as they are torn between desire and duty. Apart from successfully portraying the English political scene of the time, Trollope also explores the social scene of Victorian England, and fortifies the apparent transgression present throughout the novel. Furthermore, the novel presents a vivid depiction of vacillation expressed through the inconsistent actions of the different female characters. A literary piece certain to absorb with its realistic characters, comical delineations, and empathetic private tumults, Trollope’s classic offers a powerful insight into politics and the lives of women during the Victorian era.

Reviews

Wendy Wiebe

- Choosing Readers

Reader for chapter 77 is hard to understand.

dg

KR, she IS a very irritating reader, tho she doesn't read every chapter, unfortunately, too many. She really isn't as irritating as Rah-Rah-girl in chapter 40. The author seems to have WAY too many words to say. Interesting enough to endure, in my opinion.

KR

- Poor reader

I got through about 15 minutes of this book. I love Trollope but could not bear 80 chapters of this robotic narrator.