By Anthony Trollope
The Belton property (1865), by way of Anthony Trollope, is a superb instance of the author's favourite matters: social and relations relationships, inheritance, a tender lady confronted with the fragile collection of useful husbands, and a cosmopolitan portrayal of British Victorian life.
Clara Amedroz, the woman in query, needs to locate her position, after deaths within the relatives go away her weak and with no fortune. Her domestic, the Belton property, has been entailed. And earlier than happiness could be had, Clara has to be good, sufferer, and notably tactful within the face of hassle, let alone an unspeakable spouse's mother.
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