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Belton Estate, The

Belton Estate, The by Trollope, Anthony
By: (1815-1882)

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is.

As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place.

She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever)

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E text prepared by Andrew Turek and revised by Rita Bailey and Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D.

THE BELTON ESTATE

by

ANTHONY TROLLOPE

First published in serial form in the Fortnightly Review in 1865 and in book form the same year

CONTENTS

I. THE REMNANTS OF THE AMEDROZ FAMILY. II. THE HEIR PROPOSES TO VISIT HIS COUSINS. III. WILL BELTON. IV. SAFE AGAINST LOVE MAKING. V. NOT SAFE AGAINST LOVE MAKING. VI. SAFE AGAINST LOVE MAKING ONCE AGAIN. VII. MISS AMEDROZ GOES TO PERIVALE. VIII. CAPTAIN AYLMER MEETS HIS CONSTITUENTS. IX. CAPTAIN AYLMER'S PROMISE TO HIS AUNT. X. SHOWING HOW CAPTAIN AYLMER KEPT HIS PROMISE. XI. MISS AMEDROZ IS TOO CANDID BY HALF. XII. MISS AMEDROZ RETURNS HOME. XIII. MR. WILLIAM BELTON TAKES A WALK IN THE COUNTRY. XIV. MR. WILLIAM BELTON TAKES A WALK IN LONDON. XV. EVIL WORDS. XVI. THE HEIR'S SECOND VISIT TO BELTON. XVII. AYLMER PARK. XVIII. MRS. ASKERTON'S STORY. XIX... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 15, 2015
Kirsten Wever has given a fine reading of the book. Her calm and seemly emotionless tone not only correspond to the heroine's personality but also give the narration a special feeling of suspense.
January 1, 2014
Interesting to observe old social customs and see the roots of today's culture. Thanks to the reader. I thought the emotions of the words were frequently not reflected in the voice intonation, requiring me to work a little harder to understand. Never-the-less, I appreciate the reader making this available for listening.


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