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Lotta Schmidt and other stories

Anthony Trollope

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. . .He worked very hard in his efforts to take down the words of the eloquent leading tidewaiter; whereas he could see that two other reporters near him did not work at all. And yet he failed. He struggled at this work for a month, and failed at last. “My hand is not made for it,” he said to his wife, almost in an agony of despair. “It seems to me as though nothing would come within my reach.” “My dear,” she said, “a man who can write the Braes of Birken”—the Braes of Birken was the name of his poem on the joys of honeymooning—“must not be ashamed of himself because he cannot acquire a small mechanical skill.” “I am ashamed of myself all the same,” said Fred.

Early in April they looked their affairs in the face again, and found that they had still in hand something just over a hundred pounds. They had been in London nine months, and when they had first come up they had expressed to eac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have only read 'Malachi's Cove' in preparation for a Trollope Society event.

The Cornish setting was very strong, and I am glad that Mally didn't have to suffer under unjust suspicion for long.

Trollope is concerned in this collection of 1867 short stories with the embarrassments of cross-cultural encounter. His theme in two, 'The Widow's Mite' and 'Miss Ophelia Gledd', is the wooing or engagement of a woman, either English or American, by a partner of the other nationality. The American w

I enjoyed this selection of Trollope's stories. I can't really understand why he has been so ignored in recent years, as he writes entertainingly and powerfully. Father Giles of Ballymoy was good fun, and I think the ending of The Voyage to Panama will linger with me a long time. I must read more of

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was a very successful English author. He published 47 novels and 12 books of short stories. Lotta Shmidt was published in 1867. It contains nine short tales, each about a dozen pages. Each story is composed in delightful prose in Trollope’s unique felicitous somewhat sub

My first Trollope short story collection and I enjoyed it almost as much as his novels. These stories take place in several different countries - Trollope was very well-traveled. As with most of Trollope, there is more than a grain of romance - more so than his novels which go far beyond just a roma