The Eustace Diamonds

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"Following the death of her husband Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into a possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover Lord Fawn states that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. As gossip and scandal intensify, Lizzie's truthfulness is thrown into doubt, and, in her desire to keep the jewels, she is driven to increasingly desperate acts." In their
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"Following the death of her husband Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into a possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover Lord Fawn states that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. As gossip and scandal intensify, Lizzie's truthfulness is thrown into doubt, and, in her desire to keep the jewels, she is driven to increasingly desperate acts." In their introduction, John Sutherland and Stephen Gill explore Anthony Trollope's depiction of a society that worships money and position, and highlight his concerns with truth, honesty and honour. This edition also includes a bibliography, chronology and notes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781169366206
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Series: Palliser Series , #3
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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Helen Small is Fellow in English at Pembroke College, Oxford.

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    Posted October 13, 2013

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    "Found a place."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    A most ignored book!

    Despite the many wonderful books written by Trollope, I must confess, this is my favorite. It tells a wonderful story in which the reader will find that the characters become as familiar as best friends. Where else is the hero also the villain? A tale of greed, love, honor, loyalty, and morality, don't let the large size discourage you from reading this wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    Strangely familiar...

    Besides the evidently historical backdrop, it is hard to imagine that even in the past, the same sort of evil characters are everywhere. The main character, Lizzie, is a hopeless 'goldigger'; proving that the 49er's weren't the only one's back then! :) What modern novels portray today with such ease is considered much more shocking in the past, thougb present all the same. The main character is one that is much more likely to be a villain than anything else, and in its rather abrupt beginning, we learn that she is one to stop at nothing to get what she wants...Even though the plot is either rushed or dragged-out, I think Trollope's character decriptions are what make this book so worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2001

    Victorian manners, morals, and the Pallisers.

    The Eustace family claims the diamond necklace as a family heirloom. Lizzie Eustace insists that Lord Eustace, her late husband, gave the jewels to her before he died. Upper crust gossip has a grand time disparaging Lizzie because of her foibles. Borrowing a page from Wilkie Collins, the fabulous diamonds are stolen. In the midst of this scandal, three couples do the ritual courtship dance common to 19th century English novels. Lizzie and Lord Fawn are engaged, but loveless. They fear that honor and social expectations will be unduly compromised should their engagement end. Frank Greystock loves the penniless Lucy Morris. He hesitates because he needs money from a rich wife for his career in politics. Lucinda Roanoke and Sir Griffin Tewett use one another as scratching posts in the uncertain quest for Hymeneal bliss. Oh, yes, Lady Glencora and the Pallisers are around as minor characters. The very proper Victorians are too easily betrothed and considerations as wealth and position factor too heavily. Love, alas, is an afterthought. Hence, the unlikely pairings and abrasive relationships. Mr. Trollope has ample opportunity to poke gentle fun. One thing that strikes the modern reader is the very civil discourse between the sparring couples. Gentlemen remain gentlemen, regardless. Even in anger, ladies remain politely restrained. The novel rambles on for almost 800 pages. A leisurely pace was fine for Victorian readers not limited by the time constraints of modern life. The style is finely polished, and the atmosphere is so thoroughly Victorian that the book is a beguiling relic of a past era. Enjoy the opportunity. ;-)

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