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Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service   By: (1806-1872)

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Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service by Charles James Lever is a riveting novel that takes readers on a journey through the complex and often humorous life of its protagonist, Paul Gosslett. Lever's writing style is engaging and witty, effortlessly drawing readers into the world of love, ambition, and bureaucracy.

The novel revolves around the life of Paul Gosslett, a young man who finds himself torn between his love for the beautiful and enigmatic Lady Kilgoff and his aspirations to succeed in his career within the civil service. As Gosslett navigates the intricacies of both love and the bureaucratic world, readers are given a glimpse into the challenges and absurdities he encounters.

One of the standout elements of this novel is Lever's masterful characterization. Paul Gosslett is portrayed as a likable and relatable character, with his imperfections and dilemmas adding depth and dimension to his personality. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each possessing their own quirks and idiosyncrasies, which make them come alive on the pages.

Lever's ability to blend humor and satire is another notable aspect of this work. The narrative brims with witty dialogues and amusing incidents, providing an entertaining and light-hearted reading experience. Lever's clever observations on love, societal norms, and the bureaucratic machinery offer a satirical commentary on the world in which the characters reside.

The pacing of the novel is generally well-maintained, effortlessly moving the story forward while keeping readers engaged. Additionally, Lever's descriptive prose paints vivid pictures of the settings and the characters' emotions, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the narrative.

However, one minor criticism of Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service is the occasional tangents and detours within the plot. While these diversions may provide additional insights into the characters and their experiences, they occasionally disrupt the overall flow of the story.

Overall, Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service is an enjoyable and witty novel that offers a delightful blend of romance, humor, and social commentary. With its engaging characters and clever narrative, Charles James Lever's work is bound to entertain readers who appreciate light-hearted satire and a well-crafted story.

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By Charles James Lever

Boston: Little, Brown, And Company.



I was walking very sadly across the Green Park one day, my hat pressed over my eyes, not looking to right or left, but sauntering slowly along, depressed and heavy hearted, when I felt a friendly arm slip softly within my own, while a friendly voice said, "I think I have got something to suit you, for a few months at least. Don't you know Italian?"

"In a fashion, I may say I do. I can read the small poets, and chat a little. I'll not say much more about my knowledge."

"Quite enough for what I mean. Now tell me another thing. You 're not a very timid fellow, I know. Have you any objection to going amongst the brigands in Calabria, on a friendly mission, of course, where it will be their interest to treat you well?"

"Explain yourself a little more freely. What is it I should have to do?"

"Here's the whole affair; the son of a wealthy baronet, a Wiltshire M.P., has been captured and carried off by these rascals. They demand a heavy sum for his ransom, and give a very short time for the payment. Sir Joseph, the youth's father, is very ill, and in such a condition as would make any appeal to him highly dangerous; the doctors declare, in fact, it would be fatal; and Lady Mary S... Continue reading book >>

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