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The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
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Jul 19, 09

bookshelves: victorian
Read in July, 2009

Although this was quite a bit darker, it brought to mind the Small House at Allington, at least, the way that story might have gone had Lily Dale relented to the suit of Johnny Eames. It's always interesting to see how Trollope explores the same questions and dilemmas from varying angles and with varying outcomes in different books. I thought this book particularly shone as a character study of the Duke and Duchess though. By the time I put it down, I felt that Trollope had effectively contradicted the closing line of Phineas Redux (in which he claimed that the duchess would never change)
but I was only partially convinced. With regard to the Duke, it was a pleasure to get inside his head at long last (although what I learned in doing so ran very much counter to my expectations!)
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