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The Duke's Children

The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
By: (1815-1882)

The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of aristocratic life in 19th century England. The story follows the Duke of Omnium and his struggles to navigate the challenges of parenthood and marriage as his children come of age and assert their independence.

Trollope skillfully weaves together multiple storylines, exploring themes of love, duty, and societal expectations. The characters are richly drawn and the dialogue is sharp and engaging, transporting the reader to a bygone era of opulence and tradition.

While the novel moves at a leisurely pace, Trollope's keen observations of human nature and his insightful commentary on the class system make for a compelling read. The Duke's Children is a thought-provoking and nuanced exploration of family dynamics and the tensions between personal desires and social obligations.

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In the last of the six Palliser novels, the sudden death of his wife, Lady Glencora, leaves Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, finding himself in charge of his three children. The eldest, Lord Silverbridge, has recently been expelled from Oxford; his younger brother, Gerald, is about to enter Cambridge; and the youngest, nineteen-year old Lady Mary, has imprudently formed an attachment to Francis Tregear, who, while certainly a gentleman, unfortunately has no income. Before her death, Glencora knew (and approved) of her daughter's attachment; the Duke, however, does not know of it, and is not at all likely to approve. Mrs. Finn (the former Marie Goesler), who was Glencora's closest friend, learns from Mary of her love for Tregear, and is faced with the question of either keeping silent, thus breaking faith with the Duke (who has entrusted Lady Mary to her care) or telling the Duke, and breaking faith with Mary herself.

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