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Henrietta Temple

Benjamin Disraeli

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The Armine family, in particular the young Ferdinand Armine, is in great financial difficulties. Ferdinand's grandfather has burdened the family estate with large debts, which his father did not manage to diminish. Ferdinand himself is not disposed to live with his small income alone, and during his time in Malta with his regiment, he incurs debts of his own.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There is such a variety of prospect.'

The park of Armine indeed differed materially from those vamped-up sheep-walks and ambitious paddocks which are now honoured with the title. It was, in truth, the old chase, and little shorn of its original proportions. It was many miles in circumference, abounding in hill and dale, and offering much variety of appearance. Sometimes it was studded with ancient timber, single trees of extraordinary growth, and rich clumps that seemed coeval with the foundation of the family. Tracts of wild champaign succeeded these, covered with gorse and fern. Then came stately avenues of sycamore or Spanish chestnut, fragments of stately woods, that in old days doubtless reached the vicinity of the mansion house; and these were in turn succeeded by modern coverts.

At length our party reached the gate whence Ferdinand had calculated that they should quit the park. He would willingly have accompanied them. He bade them farewell w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I never knew before a few days ago that Benjamin Disraeli had written even one romance. It is quite a good story.

A truly wonderful story.

Oh, this was bad, so bad, the very worst of the high-flown Victorian sentimental genre. I groaned my way through the last few chapters after laughing hysterically through the first ones. Reading this novel helped me see what Dickens's first chapter of Martin Chuzzlewit lampoons - aristocratic preten