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Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope

Kept in the Dark (original 1882; edition 1997)

by Anthony Trollope, Derek Parker (Introduction), Kate Aldous (Illustrator), David Skilton (Editor)

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Title:Kept in the Dark
Authors:Anthony Trollope
Other authors:Derek Parker (Introduction), Kate Aldous (Illustrator), David Skilton (Editor)
Info:The Folio Society (1997), Edition: 1st, Hardcover with slipcase, xiii, 176p.
Collections:Your library, Folio Society
Tags:19th century, Acq07, British literature, Fiction, Folio Society, Read 2012, Trollope, Victorian

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Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope (1882)



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A young woman's reticence about an earlier engagement nearly ruins her marriage. Trollope excels at portraying otherwise good men whose stubborn suspicions and/or inability to forget the past doom their relationships. Many readers think of Victorian novels as simple couple meet, overcome obstacles and live happily ever after stories. This is not the case with Trollope.
  ritaer | Mar 11, 2015 |
Kept In the Dark, sort of "He Knew He Was Right-lite" is a Trollope novella for completists, i.e., not exactly one of his best efforts. Very repetitive to the point where I could skip an entire page and not miss anything. Endless hand-wringing over a trivial episode. Well, it was a paycheck, and that was what AT was looking for, I guess. ( )
  stringcat3 | Jul 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192827405, Paperback)

Written in 1882, Kept in the Dark is a compelling story of jealousy, obstinacy and marital estrangement. Strong-minded Cecelia Holt cannot bring herself to tell George Western of her previous engagement to Sir Francis Geraldine. When her husband learns the truth, their marriage seems to be headed for disaster. The story has a painful contemporary moral which would today raise troubling questions regarding the submission of wives to their husbands.

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Kept in the Dark was published in 1882, the year of Trollope's death. Cecilia Holt is in search of a husband, and finds one but fails to tell him about a prior botched engagement to Sir Francis Geraldine. Much is made of this deception, but all ends in a happy reconciliation. As is characteristic in Trollope's novels, there's a marvelous sub-plot: the comic counterpoint of Cecilia's friend trying to snag Sir Francis.… (more)

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