Phineas Finn, the Irish Member

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A novel by A. Trollope, published 1869, the second of the ‘Palliser’ series.

Phineas Finn, a young Irish barrister, catches the eye of Lord Tulla and is elected to Parliament for the family seat of Loughshane. In London Phineas is admitted to high society, and falls in love with the politically‐minded Lady Laura Standish. Lady Laura's personal fortune is considerably diminished after paying the debts of her brother Lord Chiltern, and she feels she must marry money, in the person of Mr Kennedy. Phineas turns for consolation elsewhere. He first pursues Violet Effingham, Lord Chiltern's childhood sweetheart, but after a brief quarrel between the two suitors (featuring a duel fought in Belgium), Violet settles for Chiltern. Madame Max Goesler, the rich widow of a Viennese banker, is Phineas's next favourite. Phineas had lost his government salary by sticking to his principles over the issue of Irish Tenant Right. Madame Max offers him her hand in marriage and her fortune to finance a fresh political career. This he is too scrupulous to accept in view of his prior engagement to a pretty Irish girl, Mary Flood‐Jones, and he returns to Ireland.

Subjects: Literature.

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Anthony Trollope (1815—1882) novelist

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