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You have kept me in the dark ...
on 15 February 2013
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.