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Kept in the Dark

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Kept in the Dark is a novel by the 19th century English novelist Anthony Trollope. Cecilia Holt ends her engagement to Sir Francis Geraldine because of his indifference to her; she goes abroad and meets Mr George Western, who has been jilted by a beautiful girl. They marry but she does not tell him she has been previously engaged, although he has told her his story. When Western is informed of the previous engagement by Sir Francis, Western leaves his wife and goes abroad; she returns to Exeter to live with her mother. Her sister-in-law in the end effects a reconciliation. There is a comic sub-plot, involving one of Cecilia's friends who attempts to marry Sir Francis.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Altifiorla. Immediate answers came from the three. Those from the two married ladies were in all respects satisfactory. That from Mrs. Thorne was quite enthusiastic in its praises of matrimony. That from Mrs. Green was a little less warm, but was still discreetly happy. She had no doubt in her own mind that a married life was preferable, and that Mr. Western, though perhaps a little old, was upon the whole a well-chosen and deserving consort for life. But the letter from Miss Altifiorla was very different from these, and as it had some effect perhaps in producing the circumstances which are to be told, it shall be given at length:—

"My dear Cecilia,—I am of course expected to congratulate you, and as far as Mr. Western's merits are concerned, I do so with my full heart. He is possessed, I have no doubt, of all those virtues which should adorn a husband, and is in all respects the very opposite to Sir Francis Geraldine. You give me to understand that . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A woman breaks off her engagement when she discovers her fiancé truly does not love her. Months later, she falls in love with another man and does not tell him that she, at one point, was engaged. I was surprised at the amount of suspense the author built on this simple premise. This story shows how

Not my favorite Trollope, but I just loved the two main characters, Cecelia Holt and George Western, both stern and set in their ways. I also enjoyed the haughty Miss Altifiorla and the scamp Sir Francis Geraldine. Mr. Western's sister Lady Grant is my favorite, so sensible, so kind and caring.

I sh

If this had been my first Trollope novel, it would certainly have been my last. Cecelia Western has kept a secret from her husband hoping to protect him from pain. When he learns it, he treats her cruelly. Will they ever be able to forgive one another?

The melodrama and anguish over the secret was pr

I really enjoyed this novel by Anthony Trollope about love, marriage, trust, revenge, forgiveness, truth, dignity, and friendship.

I've been intending on reading Trollope for quite some time, and this one won... well, it's short!
This edition is also a direct photostat from the original Victorian serial, which is aesthetically charming, but slightly annoying to read (two columns per page).
My opinion? Well, this is not Great Lit

Psychological study/Cautionary tale/Domestic Dostoevsky.

"You have first to believe the story as I tell it you, and get out of your head altogether the story as you have conceived it."

Kept In The Dark, which could well be subtitled Pride and Procrastination, was written late in Trollope's life. It's the story of a couple who fall in love and marry, but separate as a result of a careless failure of communication. Although it's one of Trollope's shortest books, he still has room t

Kept in the Dark is one of Trollope's lesser-known efforts, published just before his death in 1882. Like the brilliant He Knew He Was Right, it examines a husband's jealous suspicions of his wife, though here the suspicion is of past infidelity rather than present. After their marriage, George West

I love Anthony Trollope's books. Even though i did not enjoy the book in the beginning (probably waiting for the axe to fall), it turned out to be quite good as I read it. Ms. Altifurla was delicious. Trollope's understanding of the female psyche is proven once again in this book.

I've only read the first part and the beginning of what must be the second movement but already I'm deeply involved. He does that, does Trollope, hooks you. Or me anyway.

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