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Kept in the Dark

Kept in the Dark [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Trollope
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


Cecilia Holt cannot bring herself to tell her fiance, George Western, about her previous engagment to Sir Francis Geraldine, and when her new husband learns the truth, their marriage seems to be headed for disaster.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082R2F1U
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

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2.0 out of 5 stars One for Trollope obsessives only! 2 Feb 2010
I don't think I could give anything by Trollope 1 star - but boy, it is tempting here! In the end it just edges the second star by dint of the fascinating parallel between this, and the wonderful (and earlier) "He Knew He Was Right". The theme is the same - a failure to communicate which leads to serious consequences. But the interest is really only in seeing how delicate a hand it needed in the better book to get the suspense, the pathos and the sympathy in place. Here the hand is heavy and one can feel no real interest in or sympathy for the parties. Sadleir justifies it an an account of the morbid pathology of the "hero" George Western. I cannot concur!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Late Trollope for the connoisseur perhaps... 26 Sep 2014
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This is a late work of Trollope, and it shows. (In fact his next book was to explore the idea that people should be euthanased at age 68, and he was 66 when he wrote this.) I don't think it was age getting to him but rather he had simply run out of ideas. The plot line is similar to the much better He Knew He Was Right, but this is a comedy where that was a tragedy. The reader wants to bang the characters heads together until they display some sense. Trollope's characters often display a stubbornness which is death, or almost death, to their chances of happiness, and this novel is no exception. It is short, so the matter is resolved quite quickly, but it is not the Trollope I would take to the desert island with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have kept me in the dark ... 15 Feb 2013
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Cecilia Holt feels herself to be a superior intelligent woman. So when she falls in love with, and becomes engaged to Sir Francis Geraldine, she believes that will make her happy. Having to accept that he is not what she thought he was, and breaking the engagement, causes her to question her own self-confidence, and to retreat from her normal society. When she then becomes engaged to another man, and does not tell him the story of her earlier engagement, she convinces herself that she is in the right. When rumours and conjecture cause them to part, the stubbornness of them both keeps the fault alive. Will it be remedied and a happy ending ensue? Thus far, this is, of course, similar territory to that visited by Trollope in He Knew He Was Right, and again covers very much the innermost thoughts, beliefs and ethical and moral considerations of the protagonists. This is classic Trollope, and is warmly welcomed by this reader at least.

The side stories of Miss Altifiorla, and that of the rascally Sir Francis Geraldine provide light relief and a contrast to the sad and introspective main story. This is a short novel; only some 220 pages in the edition I have, but it is a story that Trollope tells well, and which is well worth reading. Highly recommended.
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