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The Marquis of Lossie   By: (1824-1905)

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In George MacDonald's novel, The Marquis of Lossie, readers are transported to a world of intrigue, honor, and the complexities of human nature. Set in Scotland during the mid-19th century, MacDonald weaves a captivating tale filled with vibrant characters and an engrossing plot.

The story revolves around Malcolm MacPhail, the rightful heir to the title of the Marquis of Lossie. He is a young man of humble origins, yet his strong sense of duty and innate nobility make him an intriguing protagonist. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and must confront his past in order to secure his rightful place in society.

MacDonald's attention to detail is impeccable, immersing readers in the rugged countryside of Scotland. His lyrical descriptions evoke a strong sense of place, painting vivid pictures in the mind's eye. From the rolling hills to the crashing waves of the North Sea, the setting becomes a character in and of itself, adding depth to the narrative.

The Marquis of Lossie is populated with a diverse cast of supporting characters who add richness and depth to the story. From the enigmatic Duncanby, the Marquis’s loyal servant, to the kind-hearted Florimel, a young woman who captures Malcolm's heart, each character is well-drawn and contributes to the overarching themes of the novel.

One of the book's strengths lies in MacDonald's exploration of complex moral dilemmas. The characters are all faced with difficult choices and must consider the consequences of their actions. This exploration of ethics adds layers of complexity to the plot, forcing readers to ponder the weight of their own decisions.

While the pacing of the novel may be slower than some contemporary readers are accustomed to, it perfectly suits the timeless themes and reflective nature of the story. The Marquis of Lossie is a novel that rewards patience and attention, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in a bygone era and the struggles of its inhabitants.

MacDonald's prose is eloquent and evocative, showcasing his mastery of language. His use of dialogue is particularly noteworthy, capturing the distinct voices and mannerisms of each character. The conversations are both insightful and engaging, drawing readers further into the narrative.

In conclusion, The Marquis of Lossie is a compelling novel that delves into the complexities of human nature, duty, love, and redemption. MacDonald's timeless storytelling and vivid prose create an immersive reading experience that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned. It is a true literary gem deserving of recognition for its thought-provoking themes and masterful execution.

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THE MARQUIS OF LOSSIE. by George MacDonald


It was one of those exquisite days that come in every winter, in which it seems no longer the dead body, but the lovely ghost of summer. Such a day bears to its sister of the happier time something of the relation the marble statue bears to the living form; the sense it awakes of beauty is more abstract, more ethereal; it lifts the soul into a higher region than will summer day of lordliest splendour. It is like the love that loss has purified.

Such, however, were not the thoughts that at the moment occupied the mind of Malcolm Colonsay. Indeed, the loveliness of the morning was but partially visible from the spot where he stood the stable yard of Lossie House, ancient and roughly paved. It was a hundred years since the stones had been last relaid and levelled: none of the horses of the late Marquis minded it but one her whom the young man in Highland dress was now grooming and she would have fidgeted had it been an oak floor. The yard was a long and wide space, with two storied buildings on all sides of it. In the centre of one of them rose the clock, and the morning sun shone red on its tarnished gold. It was an ancient clock, but still capable of keeping good time good enough, at least, for all the requirements of the house, even when the family was at home, seeing it never stopped, and the church clock was always ordered by it... Continue reading book >>

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