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Delicious.Trollope said to Thackery I ll see your Becky Sharp, and raise you 10,000 As in the 10,000 necklace the Eustace Diamonds that drive Lizzie Graystock and the plot of this funny and sad and insightful novel.I have read too many Trollope sweet young girls, and enjoyed his witty, strong to a point women Lady Glencora and Violet Effingham, and laughed with the earthy wealthy widow in the Barsetshire novels, but Lizzie is something else again Trollope is really masterful in conveying the selective vision that is at the heart of some selfish and deceitful people but genuinely to a point leaves them feeling to be the wronged party in the end She is wicked and yet not so wicked that we wish her ill we watch fascinated as she maneuvers from crisis to crisis, man to man As are all the other characters who know perfectly well she s lying through her teeth But Victorian manners and her title save her from almost all consequences Among Trollope s accomplishments here is we can be glad in her joy on the one day she is truly, genuinely happy, fox hunting in Scotland In fact one of the saddest things about this novel is that someone so full of life as Lizzie Greystock has only this one happy day in her life, raised as she was and with a temperament like hers.So the wrangling over the diamonds and their theft constitutes the plot, but at the heart of the novel, for me, is the story of three disastrous engagements There are four characters forced to seek to marry for money by their genteel poverty and the s that so closely define the permissable alliances and careers that will keep them genteel or, even, a respectable peer That is the real story here, although Trollope drags it out and repeats himself so often on the subject that he almost undermines his own dramatic power Certainly I groaned every time Lucy Morris entered the room, but watching the other characters play their roles in forwarding or thwarting events was evoked all kinds of reactions from hearty laughter to reaching for a poker.I have read that Thackery was a reformer for the individual, but not in general So he could portray the tragedy of a young woman forced to find a monied husband no matter how brutal or boorish he is and with disastrous consequences yet make fun of women s rights reformers I think he felt that the underlying attitudes of society about class would not be much affected by legislation, and my perception of English culture is that ihe was right even today.And of course Trollope is so very, very, very funny Just wonderful To think that I almost passed this up in my hurry to find out what happens to Phineas Finn and Madame Max Goestler in Phineas Redux. 4.5 stars A sparkling Trollope novel, but 647 pages were not really needed to tell the tale of Lizzie Eustace n e Greystock and her various dupes and associates This novel starts off with a bang and a rather delicious description of the lovely Lizzie, whose feminine wiles bag a rich husband who dies of tuberculosis and an overly self indulgent lifestyle soon after discovering the depths of her duplicitous nature Rich with an income of 4000 a year and a castle in Scotland , lovely, young only 22 , and in possession of the male Eustace heir, Lizzie is presumably quite the catch on the marriage market At one point, she has four suitorsor less at her feet Lord Fawn poor but titled , her cousin Frank Greystock poor but dashing , Lord George poor but romantically Corsair like and the minister Mr Emilius poor but fawning But the catch is that Lizzie always wants to have her cake and eat it, too or, in Lord George s words, she is determined to be clever when she doesn t need to be Or perhaps the catch is that Lizzie cannot tell the difference between right and wrong, the good and the bad At the very beginning of the novel, Trollope takes some pains to tell the reader exactly who and what Lizzie is as she was utterly devoid of true tenderness, so also was she devoid of conscience Lizzie, Trollope tells us, cannot tell the difference between appearance and reality if the appearance is good, she prefers it to the reality Diamonds are wasted on a woman who would be just as happy with paste She playacts, she dramatises, she liesand she does it all without any sense of conscience or remorse At various points, her boldfaced lies gain her the ascendancy and after a particularly shameless bit of playacting and effrontery, her brother in law says to the family lawyer She is a very great woman and, if the sex could have its rights, would make an excellent lawyer But having taken pains to expose Lizzie s bad character, is it possible that Trollope would let her triumph in the matter of a diamond necklace Or a husband, for that matter Trollope takes nearly the entire 647 pages to settle that question and he does it skilfully and humorously, if perhaps too lengthily. Another Trollope triumph Witty, fun, with wonderfully nasty characters. The third novel in The Palliser series and an enjoyable read in it s own right It is the greedy and manipulative Lizzie Eustace who holds the plot together This is also a lengthy character driven novel To my mind Trollope s female characters are always well presented, faults, foibles and all They very much overshadow the male characters in their verve and flair My only quibble with this novelto my mind the ending, fate of Lizzie Eustace was a bit of a let down for this reader After Lizzie quite commanding the novel from the start I must confess to being the teeniest bit disappointed. Funny, after finishing the first 2 chapters I was thinking Lizzie Eustace was very like Becky Sharp I rolled that around in my mind for a bit until the next time I had a chance to pick up the book What do I read at the beginning of chapter three but that Trollope assures us that she won t be exactly a Becky Sharp and that such a character doesn t deserve heroine status anyway Liked that there was less politics in this one than the last in the series, but it also lacked totally sympathetic characters Lizzie wasn t as good to hate as Becky Sharp There were things that bugged me about Mr Greystock and Lucy Morris, and I just kept hoping that Greystock and Lizzie would get what their conduct deserved However, the point has been made that if we all got what we truly deserved we d be in a sorry state So far, I m not enjoying the Palliser series as much as the Barchester one, but there is much to be said for an author who can still keep you reading an 850 page book while not absolutely loving it And because I know I ll be revisiting some characters now from Can You Forgive Her and because Trollope always has something worth saying, I ll keep on reading happily From BBC Radio 4 Classical Serial Anthony Trollope s enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace.This is the third book of the Palliser series where the characters of Plantagenet Palliser, his wife Lady Glencora and their uncle the ailing Duke of Omnium are in the background.The plot describes the life of a fortune hunter, Lizzie Greystock who marries Sir Florian Eustace One month later of their marriage, Sir Florian dies and leaves his fortune to Lizzie and his son.Before his death, Sir Eustace gave to Lizzie a 10.000 pounds diamond s necklace to wear.Though these diamonds belong to her husband s estate, Lizzie refuses to relinquish them She lies about the terms under which they were given to her, leaving their ownership unclear The indignant Eustace family lawyer, Mr Camperdown, strives to retrieve the necklace, putting the Eustaces in an awkward position.In the meantime, Lizzie, after her mourning, spend her time searching for another husband her suitors are Lord Fawn and her cousin Frank Greystock.A police investigation is settled once the diamonds are supposed stolen.Mr Camperdown asking Lizzie Eustace where the diamonds are.This novel was first published in 1871 as a serial in the Fortnightly Review.Free download available at Project Gutenberg.And the audio version is available at LibriVox.2 Miss Mackenzie3 Orley Farm3 The American Senator3 Christmas at Kirkby Cottage The Palliser series 4 Can You Forgive Her 3 Phineas Finn3 The Eustace DiamondsTR Phineas Redux TR The Prime Minister TR The Duke s Children The Chronicles of Barsetshire series 2 The WardenTR The Barchester TowersTR Dr Thorne TR Framley Parsonage TR The Small House at Allington TR The Last Chronicle of Barset Nearly 800 pages of mid and high society people deceiving each other, engaging in mercenary behavior, and writing hilariously snarky letters back and forth to each other Needless to say, I loved this and can t wait to readTrollope Surprisingly modern and somewhat cynical about human nature, with not a hero in sight. Following The Death Of Her Husband Sir Florian, Beautiful Lizzie Eustace Mysteriously Comes Into Possession Of A Hugely Expensive Diamond Necklace She Maintains It Was A Gift From Her Husband, But The Eustace Lawyers Insist She Give It Up, And While Her Cousin Frank Takes Her Side, Her New Lover Lord Fawn States That He Will Only Marry Her If The Necklace Is Surrendered As Gossip And Scandal Intensify, Lizzie S Truthfulness Is Thrown Into Doubt, And, In Her Desire To Keep The Jewels, She Is Driven To Increasingly Desperate Acts The Third In Trollope S Palliser Series, The Eustace Diamonds Bears All The Hallmarks Of His Later Works, Blending Dark Cynicism With Humour And A Keen Perception Of Human Nature Probably should take off a star for repetitiveness, occasional windiness and bagginess, but Lizzie Eustace is an indelible character and this is one of the best marriages of a mystery and a novel of manners in fiction Plus Trollope s dialogue is so startlingly direct and modern there s not the slightest taint of literary mustiness. I ve now completed The Eustace Diamonds, the third in Anthony Trollope s Palliser series of political novels another milestone passed another three to go I enjoyed Can you Forgive Herand Phineas Finn, the Irish Member though not nearly as much as the story of Lizzie Eustace and a legacy which bringstrouble than pleasure It seems to me that the author is muchassured here in his treatment of themes, of plotting and of character, his style muchrelaxed, perceptive and gently ironic The Eustace Diamonds is said to be the least political of the six The Pallisers hardly feature at all though Plantagenet s obsession with decimalisation makes yet another appearance , apart from Lady Glencora s brief lobbying on behalf of Lizzie, taken in as is almost everyone else by this duplicitous woman, such a contrast to the earnest and po faced Alice Vavasor of Can you Forgive HerYes, Lizzie Eustace is an anti hero She reminds me in some ways of Becky Sharp from Thackeray s Vanity Fair was this the author s intention , though she doesn t have the same kind of wit or native cunning Becky makes things happen things tend to happen to Lizzie, though she is not averse to scheming and lying to try and turn them her way It may not be a political novel as such though the politics of property features highly but it offers the most marvellous insight into Victorian s, into contemporary attitudes to property, to wealth, to social relationships and to marriage Like Vanity Fair, it s essentially a comedy of manners or a social satire, though not quite as sweeping and as richly textured Lizzie Greystock, the daughter of an impecunious Admiral, is a social climber who has climbed quite effectively, making an advantageous marriage to a baronet, Sir Florian Eustace, who conveniently dies, leaving her as Lady Eustace with an income, a castle in Scotland and fabulously rich set of diamonds However, that is not the end of her problems it s the beginning My, those diamonds what a burden they are, and not just for the footman who is obliged to carry them from place to place in a strongbox The problem is that the lawyer acting for the estate insists that the diamonds are not hers at all but an heirloom which should be held in trust, in the face of Lizzie s insistence that they were a personal gift from her late husband I think a Victorian audience would have beensympathetic to the legal nuances arising here, which now seems all so refined and perhaps rather pointless, especially as the jewels will eventually pass to Lizzie s young son, the heir of the Eustace estate I confess I did not quite understand the motives of Camperdown, the family lawyer, in his relentless pursuit of Lizzie, yea, even so far as the Court of Chancery Dickens Bleak House should be sufficient warning to those who want to take matters there , especially as John Eustace, her brother in law and the nominal head of the family, does not show the same determination Of course thelegal time the greater the costs, sufficient motive in itself, I suppose It s Lizzie s misfortune to alienate just about everyone around her, including Lord Fawn, her fianc , a rather tepid individual and ineffectual member of the Liberal government her final letter rejecting his already withdrawn marriage proposal had me in stitches , though her cousin Frank Greystock, whom she deceives without scruple, remains loyal almost to the end Abandoned by most decent society, she cultivates her own d class and ever so slightly disreputable set, including one Lord George de Bruce Caruthers one can just picture the twirling moustaches , a potential suitor and a Corsair Lizzie is an admirer of the poetry of Byron , the grasping Mrs Carbuncle and Lucinda, her self centred niece, and Sir Griffin Tewett, a man with little in the way of grace or finesse, recalling for me Sir Percival Glyde, the villain of Willkie Collins The Woman in White There is also the oleaginous Mister Emilius, the clergyman, who is playing his own disreputable game All are destined to dance an amusing and wholly mercenary quadrille As always some of Trollope s descriptive passages are quite brilliant, particularly the hunting scenes in which he excels, something I discovered from the two previous novels The pursuit of the fox is fascinating but not nearly as fascinating as the pursuit of Lizzie the vixen, the most elusive quarry of all There are a few things that puzzled me I m thinking specifically of Frank Greystock s treatment of Lucy Morris, the penniless governess he falls in love with and promises to marry, only to neglect her, leaving his conduct, particularly with regard to Lizzie, who has her own designs on him, open to speculation It all comes good in the end, though the action here seems to take place off stage, so to speak Was it simply Frank s insistence that made Lucy acceptable to his family Was he having second thoughts He couldn t visit her while she was a guest of Lady Linlithgow because of her disapproval, but why did he not write Sorry this is Trollope s novel, not mine, and even with such lacunae it s a jolly good read, an everyday story of upper class, and shady, Victorian folk I was completely beguiled, no sooner finished than moving into the foothills of Phineas Redux, my next stage in the journey.