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He Knew He Was Right Kindle Edition
|Length: 819 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The main plot concerns the marriage between Louis Trevelyan and Emily Rowley. He is a wealthy gentleman without near relatives, she is the eldest daugther of Sir Marmaduke Rowley, the (rather impoverished) governor of the Mandarin Islands. When Louis and Emily marry everything seems perfect bliss but before long troubles begin. Emily strikes up a friendship with a certain Colonel Osborne and, although he is a friend of her father and many years her senior, Louis objects and makes increasing demands upon Emily to stop seeing Colonel Osborne. But Emily argues that, since Colonel Osborne is to her nothing more than a friend, she fails to see why she should stop seeing him (although - to be fair - Colonel Osborne from his side rather enjoys the attentions of so young a lady).
One thing leads to another and Louis takes ever more desperate steps, slowly but surely isolating him from all his friends and relatives. In a way he knows he is wrong in suspecting Emily, but at the same time he is unable to make amends. Once he has set his course he cannot turn back.
As this marriage is breaking up, several others are on the make: Emily's sister Nora rejects the proposal of Mr. Glascock (the future Lord Peterborough, and as such extremely wealthy) because she has fallen in love with the virtually penniless Hugh Stanbury, while Stanbury's sister Dorothy is courted by the Reverend Gibson who in fact has a previous attachment to another girl...Read more ›
I would DEFINITELY pay more for a text because of the added value:
1) It goes back to the Text Trollope approved of, not some biased turn of the century's editors fiddled with version.
2) the notes in the back explain words that now have a different meaning. E.g. (It might be from another Trollope book I have read, but it is typical of notes in Trollope books) -Spud- this was a potato as far as I knew, but a character was prodding the ground with it, who knew the Victorian land owner used to have a pointy ended stick to test soil condition with that ia also called a spud. The paragraph would have been impossible to understand without the help of the notes.
3) the introduction is helpful for all sorts of reasons, for example explaining context, reminding you the date divorce (although a limited form maybe) became possible without being super rich, and lot's of other things.
I will re-read it in another few years, my life perspective throws up new aspects I missed before and will again I'm sure.
Well worth the extra cost.
I sometimes wonder if Trollope's works would be a bit more accessible if they didn't (some of them, anyway) have such odd titles - He Knew He Was Right is an odd title for a novel of any time, as is The Way We Live Now, or An Old Man's Love. Books like R S Surtees' Jorrocks Jaunts and Jollities, or Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour virtually seem to shout at you from the shelves to be taken down and read, whereas some of Trollope's works seem to deny any kind of definition as to what they might even be about. It's a shame, as I have long found Anthony Trollope's works to be hugely rewarding reads - the Barchester Novels and the Palliser series are, in my opinion, among the best works in the English language.Read more ›
Like many of Trollope's and Dickens' novels, it was published in instalments in a magazine, and an episodic structure results, although Trollope did not favour the end-of-chapter cliffhangers that Dickens used. No doubt Trollope's need to supply sufficient copy explains why this novel stretches to over 900 pages in this edition: and also explains why it has such substantial sub-plots. But it is the richness, variety and attention given to these sub-plots that so enhance this novel's satisfying complexity and enjoyability. At times the sub-plots seem to have developed too much a life of their own, overshadowing the main plot perhaps, but on the whole they are well integrated.
The main plot concerns Louis Trevelyan, a gentleman of independent means, who marries Emily, the eldest daughter of the colonial governor of some remote tropical islands, Sir Marmaduke Rowley. The second daughter, Nora, also comes to live with Trevelyan in London, as was common in those days. Having been brought up outside London, Emily is rather naive: she is unaware of the rakish reputation of her godfather Colonel Osborne; and she does not realise that in London it is insufficient to be proper, one has to be seen to be proper. Accordingly she allows Osborne to visit more often than is good for her and her husband's reputations. Trevelyan attempts to prevent this, but in doing so overreacts hamfistedly.Read more ›
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A very large book with the usual Trollopian Excursions but remarkable for the sympathy he has for women and their rights (or lack of them) in the period
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Very readable, lot of Victorian social history if you are aware of it because Trollope was writing of contemporary life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Probably great, but I haven't read it yet. To be honest, I can't remember why I bought it. it was one of those Google-spirals you get into after midnight... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs Madrigal
The central tale of tragic obsessive jealousy is less interesting than the wide account of the lives of young and old in England in the 1860,s, the
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Reading Trollope is rather like being a child again, in the company of an all-protective omniscient and gentle adult. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Douglas Kemp
interesting dealing with various relationship problems and attitudes applicable to then and now.Published 18 months ago by Derek Machan