A novel by A. Trollope, published 1874, the fourth in the ‘Palliser’ series.
Phineas Finn returns to politics and earnestly hopes for office under Mr Gresham's government. Unhappily a series of quarrels makes his progress anything but smooth. First Mr Kennedy, outraged at Phineas's visit to his wife Lady Laura in her Dresden exile, unsuccessfully tries to shoot him. Then Phineas exchanges heated words with the president of the Board of Trade, Mr Bonteen, and when, later that night, Bonteen is murdered, the burden of circumstantial evidence against Phineas is very strong. He is arrested and remanded for trial, and only the spirited efforts of Madame Max (see Phineas Finn) in discovering the true culprit, and a brilliant courtroom performance by Chaffanbrass, succeed in getting him off. Towards the end of the novel Phineas rallies, returns to politics, and marries Madame Max. Bonteen's murderer turns out to have been the Revd Mr Emilius, the converted Jew who married Lizzie Eustace. Emilius, who has a previous wife still living at Prague, is convicted of bigamy and imprisoned, but there is insufficient evidence to hang him.
In this novel the old duke of Omnium dies, and Plantagenet and Lady Glencora become duke and duchess.
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