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Anthony Trollope

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is. As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place. She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever)

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is. As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place. She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever)
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Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is. As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place. She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

16h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

37:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

34:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

33:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

35:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

31:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

33:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

31:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

35:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:12