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Dolly Dialogues   By: (1863-1933)

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Dolly Dialogues by Anthony Hope is a delightful collection of witty and charming conversations between two main characters, Dolly and Paul. Set in London during the late 19th century, the book provides readers with a glimpse into the lives and conversations of the upper-class elite.

The conversations between Dolly and Paul are remarkably clever and fast-paced, filled with humorous banter and playful repartee. Their verbal sparring showcases their sharp intellects and their ability to engage in lighthearted yet enthralling discussions on various topics, ranging from literature to socialites to current events. The author’s mastery in crafting witty dialogue is evident throughout the book, making it an absolute pleasure to read.

Aside from the sparkling dialogue, the characters themselves are incredibly engaging. Dolly is a vivacious and unconventional young woman, known for her quick wit and engaging charm. Paul, on the other hand, is a smart and sophisticated gentleman who can hold his own against Dolly's spirited personality. Their interactions are filled with a delightful tension and an undeniable chemistry, making their conversations thoroughly entertaining.

Furthermore, Anthony Hope's writing style reflects the elegance and wit of the era. His descriptions of the settings are vivid and allow readers to immerse themselves in the opulence of London society. The author's attention to detail in portraying the manners, etiquette, and cultural norms of that time is commendable, adding an authentic touch to the narrative.

Another aspect that adds depth to the book is its exploration of societal expectations and gender roles in Victorian England. Dolly, with her independent spirit and bold nature, challenges traditional notions of femininity, while Paul, although respectful of societal norms, is drawn to Dolly's charismatic non-conformity. Their conversations subtly delve into these social constructs, offering insightful commentary without detracting from the overall light-hearted tone.

The only slight drawback of Dolly Dialogues is that it lacks a central plot or a linear storyline. However, this is compensated by the book's ability to captivate readers solely through the verbal exchanges and interactions of its characters. Each dialogue is an enjoyable standalone piece, showcasing Hope's skill in capturing the essence of human interaction in a uniquely engaging manner.

Overall, Dolly Dialogues is a charming and amusing collection that offers a delightful escape into a bygone era. Anthony Hope's wit and talented portrayal of his characters make this book a true gem for fans of classic literature. Whether you are a lover of witty dialogue, intricate character interactions, or simply enjoy a glimpse into the social dynamics of the Victorian era, Dolly Dialogues is a must-read that will leave you thoroughly entertained.

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by Anthony Hope


I. A Liberal Education II. Cordial Relations III. Retribution IV. The Perverseness of It V. A Matter of Duty VI. My Last Chance VII. The Little Wretch VIII. An Expensive Privilege IX. A Very Dull Affair X. Strange but True XI. The Very Latest Thing XII. An Uncounted Hour XIII. A Reminiscence XIV. A Fine Day XV. The House Opposite XVI. A Quick Change XVII. A Slight Mistake XVIII. The Other Lady XIX. What Might Have Been XX. One Way In


"There's ingratitude for you!" Miss Dolly Foster exclaimed suddenly.

"Where!" I asked, rousing myself from meditation.

She pointed to a young man who had just passed where we sat. He was dressed very smartly, and was walking with a lady attired in the height of the fashion.

"I made that man," said Dolly, "and now he cuts me dead before the whole of the Row! It's atrocious. Why, but for me, do you suppose he'd be at this moment engaged to three thousand a year and and the plainest girl in London?"

"Not that," I pleaded; "think of "

"Well, very plain anyhow. I was quite ready to bow to him. I almost did."

"In fact you did?"

"I didn't... Continue reading book >>

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