She immediately captured the king's interest and later captured his heart.
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By , the two had undoubtedly become lovers. The monarchy was not pleased with the pairing, however, and refused to allow a marriage between the future king and an American divorcee. He was a popular king, although those who worked around him found him irresponsible in regard to his official papers.
On December 11, , he abdicated the throne in the face of opposition to his proposed marriage to Simpson, proclaiming to the public, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. The couple lived in Paris, and spent most of their time shopping and partying with the international jet set. The duke made a couple of attempts to relinquish his political career, including a trip to Nazi Germany in October , which only served to worsen his reputation as a supporter of Adolf Hitler.
Although the post was considered a relatively unimportant job for a member of the royal family, the duke and duchess were pleased. He was buried at Windsor Castle, and 14 years later, Simpson was buried beside him.
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Their undying romance in the face of opposition is still regarded today as one of the greatest love stories of our time. It's a gem of the Jefferson County Parks system, with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains in one direction and Denver spread out far below in the other. Before our hike I had read somewhere that there was a castle at Mount Falcon — the ruins of the majestic home of a turn-of-the-century entrepreneur named John Walker. As my son and I strolled the park's Castle Trail through pine woods and across fields still carpeted with snow, I hinted to him that there was something special ahead.
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Born in , Walker served in the Chinese army, ran for Congress, made and lost the first of several fortunes in iron and real estate in West Virginia, and edited newspapers. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 02, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it really liked it Shelves: british , british-literature , anthony-trollope , classic , classic-literature. The story opens with Owen Fizgerald, a cousin of the Castle Richmond Fitzgeralds, falling in love with young Clara Desmond, then only sixteen. She accepts his love but has to give him up, for her family, particularly her mother, sees Owen as an unsuitable match since Clara herself is penniless and Owen, has neither much money, not a title.
Religion too is a theme running in the background, the protestant and Roman catholic branches particularly the clergy having their differences and much mistrust but this line of the story provides humour to the plot rather than any ground for serious discord. View all 11 comments. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
The characterization is weak, and the plot, although the author himself thought well of it, mechanical. The value of the story is rather documentary than literary.
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It contains several graphic scenes descriptive of the great Irish famine. Trollope observed carefully, and on the whole impartially, though his powers of discrimination were not quite fine enough to make Free download available at Project Gutenberg. Trollope observed carefully, and on the whole impartially, though his powers of discrimination were not quite fine enough to make him an ideal annalist. View 1 comment.
This one had a short introduction, which told me not to expect much in the way of characterization or story. The best, indeed the only piece of real characterization in the book is the delineation of Abe Mollett. This unscrupulous blackmailer is put before us with real art, with something of the loving preoccupation of the hunter for his quarry. Trollope loved a rogue, and in his long portrait gallery there are several really I read my Trollope from the volume Complete Works of Anthony Trollope.
Trollope loved a rogue, and in his long portrait gallery there are several really charming ones. Trollope used this same analogy of the hunter after his quarry late in the novel.
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There was no fox hunt in the novel and I feel as if he must have missed one. He managed to make me quite appreciative of the way a fox can elude the hunter, how the fox is crafty and devious. The analogy goes for almost an entire chapter and was as much fun as almost any other part. This was my first read of what is called Trollope's "Irish Novels" and takes place during the Potato Famine.
Trollope worked in Ireland for many years in his capacity as postal inspector, came to know Ireland and the Irish quite well, and was present during the famine. I doubt I could have taken an entire novel of the telling of people starving and dying, but I almost wished that the plight of the peasantry had been a more integral part of the novel.
It was more of side action, though very real. Trollope cannot write without a romance, and in this the romance was central to his story. However, the back story that prompted the blackmail is one he had not told before. As much as I enjoy him, I just can't bring myself to give this even 4 stars. Oct 11, Alice Yoder rated it it was amazing. A contemporary of Charles Dickens, this book by Anthony Trollope is a much more enjoyable read than any Dickens I've read. I highly recommend it. Two cousins -- Owen and Herbert -- in love with Clara.
Poor Clara in a horrible situation, brought on by her own mother, the Countess of Desmond. Throw in the Irish potato famine and bigamy no, it doesn't include those mentioned above and let the fun ensue! Feb 27, Book Wormy rated it liked it Shelves: read , read. This was a 3 star read for me while the story itself was interesting the way the narrative was told made it feel dull and stilted I am not sure if this was due to me as a reader or the book.
The backdrop of the Irish famine was interesting however the effects of this catastrophe are not felt personally by our central characters. Despite the Desmond's claiming to be poor they still have their own property complete with enough food so they are spared the suffering of the truly poor. The famine is u This was a 3 star read for me while the story itself was interesting the way the narrative was told made it feel dull and stilted I am not sure if this was due to me as a reader or the book.
The famine is used to highlight the good qualities of Herbert Fitzgerald he is building a soup kitchen, his sisters are actively involved in preparing and serving the Yellow Meal which is the only food available to the starving masses, he supports sending the poor to work houses where they can earn food for themselves and their families believing that just handing out food or money want stop the crisis. He also sees first hand how starvation is killing the children of the poor and he is powerless to stop it. The romance side of the story pitches the passionate love of youth against the love of equals with shared values and visions and strong family support but which will win?
For me the characters felt stereotypical we have Owen the poor playboy whose main asset is his dashing good looks pitched against his cousin Herbert who is a good, kind and caring gentleman with money. On the female side we have Clara the pure, sweet, innocent virgin who has to chose between the two suitors and her mercenary mother the Countess who married for a title and is now determined to see her daughter married for money.
The blackmailers are would you believe it poor Irish men who enjoy their drink too much and spare no thought for the harm they are doing with their get rich quick scheme. Overall I did enjoy the book but it dragged and I had to force myself to pick it up.
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Aug 14, Lucia rated it really liked it. Quo Musa tendis? Yet Trollope thought well of this novel as to claim its intrinsic merit. In CR "characterization does not reign over plot", because characterization, plot and subplots are functional to display people's un ability to adapt themselv Quo Musa tendis?
In CR "characterization does not reign over plot", because characterization, plot and subplots are functional to display people's un ability to adapt themselves to the struggles of life. But to me the spotlight is on the narrator, driving the narrative, commenting on the events and interacting with the reader.
Also his impartial voice is consonant with Darwinian theories. Sep 27, Bruce rated it really liked it.