Harry Heathcote is a strong-willed, headstrong young man of twenty four, a ‘squatter’ running a sheep station of 120,000 acres of Gangoil in Queensland, deep in the Australian bush. He has a young wife Mary, and has also brought her elder unmarried sister Kate Daly to live with them.
Trollope based this novel about the Vendean uprising on real people and mixed them in with invented characters of his own. Henri de Larochejaquelin, the youthful leader of the Vendean troops is heir to property in the province of Poitou, as has a sister Agatha, and a crippled father, the old Marquis.
Orphaned Linda Tressel lives with her fantastically religious aunt, Charlotte Staubach, in Nuremberg. Charlotte misguidedly attempts to make Linda marry their lodger Peter Steinmarc, a middle-aged town clerk, but Linda is already secretly in love with his young cousin, Ludovic Valcarm.
Set in the old Bohemian capital of Prague, Nina Balatka focuses on the burgeoning relationship between the beautiful Nina Balatka, daughter of a bankrupt merchant, Joseph, and Anton Trendelssohn, son of Joseph’s former Jewish partner.
George Bertram wonders if he has a vocation for the Church. But his uncle, a wealthy merchant, tries to dissuade him; he takes a grand tour of The Holy Land where he meets his degenerate father Sir Lionel. More happily, he meets and falls in love with Caroline Waddington, his uncle’s granddaughter, who persuades George to study for the Bar, yet the...
Marie Bromar, the much-loved niece of Michel Voss, innkeeper of The Golden Lion, has loved her son George since she first came to live with the family as a child. Michel quarrels with George, driving him away to Colmar a few miles over the mountains.