A novel by A. Trollope, published 1875.
Augustus Melmotte has the reputation of a great financier. Yet no one thinks to examine the nature of the Melmotte millions until he is caught forging the title deeds to one of the estates he is buying up. Subsequent inquiries into Melmotte's prize speculation, a Central American railway, prove it to be a gigantic confidence trick, and when it becomes clear that he has tampered with his daughter's trust fund, his disgrace is absolute. After a drunken appearance in the House of Commons he commits suicide. The sordidness of Melmotte's career is matched by his daughter Marie's experiences in the marriage‐mart. She is treated as a commodity by the cautious Lord Nidderdale, and when the dissipated Carbury entices her to elope with him she steals the money necessary for the elopement, but Carbury does not keep his appointment, having gambled the money away. At the end of the novel she marries Hamilton K. Fisker, a leading promoter of the American railway scheme.
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