Small House at Allington

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A novel by A. Trollope, published 1864, the fifth in the ‘Barsetshire’ series.

Lily Dale becomes engaged to Adolphus Crosbie, an ambitious civil servant, but Crosbie, at a house party at Courcy Castle, proposes to Lady Alexandrina de Courcy. When the news comes back to Allington, Lily behaves well, but Johnny Eames, her childhood sweetheart, assaults Crosbie at Paddington station. Crosbie finds that he and his bride are incompatible; Lady Alexandrina returns to her family and travels to Baden. Meanwhile Eames's reputation continues to develop. He begins to spend much of his free time at Allington. There he becomes the protégé of Lord de Guest, and at the intercession of Lady Julia renews his suit to Lily. Lily, however, considers herself bound to Crosbie for life.

Subjects: Literature.

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Anthony Trollope (1815—1882) novelist

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