Diana of the Crossways

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A novel by G. Meredith, published 1885.

Diana Merion is based on the writer Caroline Norton, whose husband unsuccessfully cited Lord Melbourne in a divorce case, and who was later accused of giving The Times information about the repeal of the Corn Laws, gleaned from Sidney Herbert.

Diana marries Mr Warwick, a man incapable of understanding the remarkable qualities of his wife. Her innocent indiscretions arouse his jealousy and he brings an action for divorce, citing Lord Dannisburgh (drawn from Melbourne), which he loses. Percy Dacier, a rising young politician, falls in love with Diana, but when she is about to live with him the dangerous illness of her friend Lady Dunstane recalls her sense of duty and propriety. Dacier perseveres but he discovers that an important political secret which he had confided to her has been passed to a London newspaper, and after much pain they part. Diana's husband dies, and after a time she becomes the wife of her steady and faithful adorer Thomas Redworth.

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