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Sophy of Kravonia

Anthony Hope

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pindar chuckled—or it may have been his teeth chattering with the cold), Meg nodded her head at the girl and said: 'She'll tell you a different tale some day: if you meet her in five years' time, perhaps.' I don't know what the old lady meant; I suppose the girl did, but she looked absolutely indifferent, and, indeed, bored. One can't help being amused, but, seriously, it's rather sad for a man who was brought up in the reverence of Lord Dunstanbury to see his only daughter—a clever woman, too, naturally—devoting herself to such childish stuff."

Such is the passage; it is fair to add that most of the Captain's book is of more general interest. As he implies, he had had a long acquaintance with the Dunstanbury family, and took a particular interest in anything that related to it. Nevertheless, what he says has its place here; it fits in with and explains Lady Meg's excited and mystical exclamation to Mr. Pindar at Morpingham, "They may speak thro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This tale of a young Englishwoman who rises from obscurity to become the fiancee of a prince is a fun little tale, but a tad shallow. The characters are rather one-dimensional, although that fact does add some humor to the story. There are many better 19th century novels out there. I expected a l...more

Sophy begins life as an orphaned kitchen maid living on the charity of the local gentry, but her dreams call her on to greater things. Through a series of coincidences and her bold ability to snatch at Fate's coattails, she finds herself living in Europe under an assumed (and noble) name before s...more

قبل أن تفكر في قراءة هذه الرواية أو هذا الرأي، يجب عليك أن تعرف أنها احدى الروايات الكلاسيكية التي كتبها الإنجليزي أنتوني هوب مؤلف سجين زندا، ليست رواية فرانسوا كوبيه التي عربها المنفلوطي والفروق بين القصتين وهدف الرواية كبير

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Anthony Hope wrote his most celebrated books - The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau - earlier in his career. Sophy Of Krovonia is one of his later entries, and his contemporaries felt he was losing his edge by this stage. There are quite a lot of negative reviews for this book.
I found it b...more