Can You Forgive Her?

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A novel by A. Trollope, published 1864–5, the first in the ‘Palliser’ series.

Alice Vavasor, a girl of independent spirit and means, is engaged to the ‘paragon’ John Grey, but she jilts him in favour of her less reputable cousin George Vavasor. Alice uses her means to help George to a political career. George, disinherited by his grandfather and having lost his parliamentary seat, takes ship for America, pausing only to make a murderous attack on Mr Grey. When, after a suitable interval, John Grey proposes again to Alice, he is accepted.

Interwoven with this story is the account of the early married life of Alice's friend Lady Glencora who has made a splendid match with Plantagenet Palliser, nephew and heir of the old duke of Omnium, but remains in love with the handsome wastrel Burgo Fitzgerald. Palliser decides to take his wife out of harm's way, and arranges an extensive foreign tour.

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Anthony Trollope (1815—1882) novelist

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