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House Divided Against Itself

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House Divided Against Itself by Margaret O. Oliphant is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and societal expectations. The story follows the Vavasour family as they navigate through personal struggles and outside pressures that threaten to tear them apart.

The characters are well-developed and relatable, each facing their own demons and insecurities that add depth to the plot. The author skillfully weaves together multiple storylines, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and conflicts that keeps the reader engaged until the very end.

Oliphant's writing style is elegant and evocative, painting vivid pictures of Victorian-era England and the social norms that governed it. The themes of duty, honor, and loyalty are expertly explored, providing thought-provoking commentary on the obligations we have to ourselves and to those we love.

Overall, House Divided Against Itself is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and family dramas alike. Margaret O. Oliphant has crafted a compelling narrative that leaves a lasting impression on the reader, making this a must-read for anyone looking for a well-written and engaging story.

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"A house divided against itself cannot stand." So said Abraham Lincoln in 1858. Here we have the irascible Mr. Waring, an elderly English ex-patriot, living in Italy with his charming daughter, Frances. Mr. Waring was there long before the hotels and the tourists, and resents them all, especially the gawkers, of which there were many... and most of them fellow Englishmen. We see that petite Frances is mistress of the house, and carries out her duties in the fashion of a true English lady, although this is more by accident than design, since she barely remembers the land of her birth, nor are there any English ladies to guide her. But, sweet as she seems, there is another side to her character, which makes itself known when an unexpected visitor arrives.

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