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The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: 9-star, british, classics, own
Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Lizzie Greystock has done very well for herself in marrying Sir Florian Eustace. He dies not too long after their marriage, leaving her a relatively wealthy woman, and pregnant with an heir. Her husband had given her some family diamonds to wear, and she insists that they are hers outright and refuses to return them to the estate to be held for the heir. The value of the diamonds is ten thousand pounds and the family lawyer refuses to give up the battle. Complications arise when it appears the necklace has been stolen. Meanwhile, Lady Eustace is looking to marry for the second time and engages herself to Lord Fawn. But when he learns about the diamonds, he wants to withdraw from the engagement. Lady Eustace is also interested in her cousin Frank Greystock but in spite of needing to marry an heiress to maintain his position as a member of parliament, he has proposed marriage to Lucy Morris, a mere governess. It’s not clear whether he will honour this commitment. I really didn’t know how this was going to end until very near the end. Lizzie Greystock is not a likeable character and I was hoping to see her get her comeuppance – she’s not unlike Thackeray’s Becky Sharpe. This novel is less political than the first two volumes of the Palliser series, and concerns a different set of characters, although Lady Glencora plays a minor role in the end. It’s a satisfying and pleasant read, which could easily be read as a standalone novel, although I recommend reading the series.
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