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Aaron Trow

Anthony Trollope

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What is it like to be a fox hunted by hounds? We find out through the senses of an escaped convict as he struggles to free himself from would-be captors. The struggle is brutal. In the end, we are left wondering which person really wins--the pursued or the pursuer. Or perhaps which one is now the pursuer, which the pursued.

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. . ., though it never rises to the loveliness of romantic scenery, is nevertheless attractive in its way.  The land breaks itself into little knolls, and the sea runs up, hither and thither, in a thousand creeks and inlets; and then, too, when the oleanders are in bloom, they give a wonderfully bright colour to the landscape.  Oleanders seem to be the roses of Bermuda, and are cultivated round all the villages of the better class through the islands.  There are two towns, St. George and Hamilton, and one main high-road, which connects them; but even this high-road is broken by a ferry, over which every vehicle going from St. George to Hamilton must be conveyed.  Most of the locomotion in these parts is done by boats, and the residents look to the sea, with its narrow creeks, as their best highway from their farms to their best market.  In those days—and those days were not very long since—the building of small ships was their chief trade, and they value. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An escaped convict, a young woman at home alone...more

A very short and regrettably rather forgettable story.

I found it a bit hard to follow, but then I've been pretty highly medicated with my cancer. Nevertheless, I think I understand what did not happen. As far as what did happen, well, I'm a little more unclear about that. I don't think I liked the ending particularly. I would have liked it to have b...more

It kept my interest, but was quite different from Trollope's other novels I have read.

A convict escapes and while hiding seeks food and money for passage to America. He roughs up a young woman who is living alone but engaged to the local clergy. The enraged clergy leads a group of men in a hunt for the convict. The clergy's actions were so unlike those one might expect. I got the...more

An odd story with a hazy point. Just because it's short doesn't make Trollope's prose less opaque in spots. But from what I could see through the huge block paragraphs of verbiage, the story is thus:

Aaron Trow, because of his murder of a man during a strike in England, is shipped off to a prison...more