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The Small House at Allington (original 1864; edition 1997)

by Anthony Trollope

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Title:The Small House at Allington
Authors:Anthony Trollope
Info:Everyman's Library (1997), Hardcover
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The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope (1864)



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Mrs. Dale and her two daughters, Bell and Lily, live in the small house at Allington thanks to the generosity of their brother-in-law and uncle, Squire Dale, who lives in the big house at Allington sometimes with his nephew Bernard. Bernard's friend, Adolphus Crosbie, courts Lily; she falls in love with him and they become engaged to marry. But Crosbie betrays Lily by becoming engaged to an aristocratic, but poor, de Courcy. Lily is heartbroken but in the end forgives Crosbie, leading me to want to slap her. Meanwhile, a local young man (who is working as a clerk in London), John Eames, has been in love with Lily since his childhood. A chance encounter saving a local earl from a rampaging bull earns him the undying gratitude of the earl, Lord de Guest (and his sister), which is not insignificant.

As with all books by Trollope, there are many subplots involving lots of other characters, and many complications ensue. I am eager to read the final volume of this series.
  rebeccanyc | Jul 12, 2016 |
Wonderful Victorian fiction set among landowners, minor gentry & civil servants. Good character with realistic foibles.
Read Apr 2007 ( )
  mbmackay | Dec 6, 2015 |
Trollope's fifth book in The Chronicles of Barsetshire involves a love triangle. The three main characters are the handsome but unlikeable Adolphus Crosbie; Trollope's hero of the story, John Eames; and Lily Dale, love interest of Crosbie and Eames. There is no happy ever after, tied up with a bow, for these three characters. As with other books by Trollope, there are many wonderful characters. I really liked Lily's mother and sister, Mrs. Dale & Bell, and Squire Dale, Mrs Dale's brother-in-law. Lord De Guest was a particular favorite. There are many characters who had been introduced in previous books - the Courcy Castle with its many unhappy occupants, the Grantleys, and Mr. Harding of The Warden. Plantagenet Palliser, of the Palliser series, is introduced in this book, as he flits, unsuccessfully, like a moth around the flame that is the self important Lady Dumbello, we knew her as Griselda Grantley in earlier books. There are subplots involving a romance for Lily's sister Bell, about the careers of Crosbie and Eames, as well as the boarding house and its colorful residents where Johnny Eames resides. Trollope writes great women characters who have minds of their own. Although, I would have liked to slap Lily Dale several times while reading the book. I love when Trollope adds his asides, as here whenever John Eames was about to make a wrong move he would interject, "Oh, Johnny!, or if the misstep was particularly unfortunate, "Oh, Johnny Eames!.

My only criticism might be that because Trollope wrote these books as serials, there is sometimes a little bit of repetition as he "retells" something from an earlier chapter. I highly recommend this series. ( )
1 vote NanaCC | Sep 28, 2015 |
This one was a bit more melodramatic than I've gotten used to with the Barsetshire books, but I liked it nonetheless. ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 21, 2015 |
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and Trollope is now a writer beloved by me. There are love stories here and young ladies who are of an age to marry. There are main characters that I care about, especially the sisters Lily and Bell Dale, their uncle Squire Christopher Dale, and Bernard who is their cousin and heir to the Squire's estate. One man betrays an innocent young lady and deserves a thrashing. Will he receive one? The story is written in the 1850s and that is the setting of the novel. As several men observe, thirty years ago a duel would have been called, but that time was past. An Earl begins a friendship with a young man who saved the Earl's life from an attack by a bull. The Courcy Castle dysfunctional family plays a big role in this novel. If you have read the Palliser novels or seen the tv series, Plantagenet Palliser is introduced in this novel when he visits Courcy Castle. The Small House at Allington is the fifth book in The Chronicles of Barsetshire, and I suggest reading the books in order, beginning with The Warden. ( )
  hangen | Jul 30, 2015 |
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Of course there was a Great House at Allington.
The door of the big room was opened, and Mr Kissing shuffled in with very quick little steps. He shuffled in and coming direct up to John’s desk, flopped his ledger down upon it. . .. ‘I have been half the morning, Mr Eames, looking for this letter to the Admiralty, and you’ve put it under S!’ A bystander listening to Mr Kissing’s tone would have been led to believe that the whole Income-tax Office was jeopardised by the terrible iniquity thus disclosed.
‘Somerset House,’ pleaded Johnny.
‘Psha; —Somerset House! Half the offices in London—’
‘You’d better ask Mr Love,’ said Eames. ‘It’s all done under his special instructions.’ Mr Kissing looked at Mr Love, and Mr Love looked steadfastly at his desk. ‘Mr Love knows all about the indexing,’ continued Johnny. ‘He’s index master general to the department.
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Engaged to the ambitious and self-serving Adolphus Crosbie, Lily Dale is devastated when he jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although crushed by his faithlessness, Lily still believes she is bound to her unworthy former fiance for life and therefore condemned to remain single after his betrayal. And when a more deserving suitor pays his addresses, she is unable to see past her feelings for Crosbie. Written when Trollope was at the height of his popularity, The Small House at Allington (1864) contains his most admired heroine in Lily Dale a young woman of independent spirit who nonetheless longs to be loved and is a moving dramatization of the ways in which personal dilemmas are affected by social pressures.

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Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor entrenched in the "great house" at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent "small house" with her two daughters Lily and Bell, and the story centres on the relations between the two houses.… (more)

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