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The Small House at Allington

Lily Dale and her sister Bell live with their widowed mother in the small house at Allington, supported by old Squire Dale. The Squire wishes Bell to marry his nephew Bernard; through Bernard, Lily meets the opportunistic cad, Adolphus Crosbie and they become engaged. The cold-eyed De Courcy family soon interefere, seeking the social-climbing Crosbie as a husband for their youngest daughter.

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The Small House at Allington

A book from the Barchester Series

Introduced by Margaret Markwick

ISBN 9781870587631

656 pages

Publication 1995

Trollope also follows the fortunes of Johnny Eames, something of a portrait of the author as a young man.

The novel is about thwarted love. Johnny Eames’ love for Lily Dale is unrequited; Lily’s love for Adolphus Crosbie is rejected when he jilts her; Crosbie’s own marriage to Lady Alexandrina De Courcy is a loveless, social-climbing merger. Lily’s self-regarding passion for Crosbie began to annoy Trollope too: he intended Lily to be enchanting, but in his Autobiography he called her ‘somewhat of a female prig.’ Fifth of the sixth Barchester Chronicles.



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