The Bertrams: A Novel, Volume 1

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Chapman & Hall, 1859
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George Bertram decides to become a barrister, since his rich uncle has made it clear that George will not be his heir. George's friend, Arthur (a minister), decides not to ask Adela to marry him ... Read full review

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Still loyal to the old postman,enjoyed this, a lesser known item. Has a naive almost clockwork simplicity framed in conventions of Victorian morality, bit like the appeal of Petrushka or a comic book ... Read full review


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Page 107 - I should but little know you if I thought you could esteem me in that guise. There ; God's mercy has not deserted me. It is over now. Go, George — go — go; thou, only love of my heart; my darling ; mine that might have been ; mine that never can be now — never — never — never. Go, George. It is over now. I have been base, and vile, and cowardly— unworthy of your dear memory. But it shall not be so again. You shall not blush that you have loved me.
Page 151 - The donkey-boys curse in English instead of Arabic. The men go much sauntering about ; though they do wear red caps, have cheeks as red ; and the road is broad and Macadamised and Britannic. Cairo is a beautiful city. It is full of romance, of picturesque Oriental wonders, of strange sights, strange noises, and strange smells. When one is well in the town, every little narrow lane, every turn (and the turns are incessant), every mosque, and every shop, creates fresh surprise.
Page 104 - ... young ladies, sweet young ladies, dear embryo mothers of our England as it will be, think not overmuch of your lovers' incomes. He that is true and honest will not have to beg his bread — neither his nor yours. The true and honest do not beg their bread, though it may be that for awhile they eat it without much butter.
Page 139 - ... able to sleep all the way from Alexandria to Cairo. Mr. Shepheard's hotel at Cairo is to an Englishman the centre of Egypt, and there our two friends stopped. And certainly our countrymen have made this spot more English than England itself. If ever John Bull reigned triumphant anywhere; if he ever shows his nature plainly marked by rough plenty, coarseness, and good intention, he does so at Shepheard's hotel. If there be anywhere a genuine, old-fashioned John Bull landlord now living, the landlord...
Page 172 - Don't you think them too free and easy ?' ' Ah, you must not judge of them by women who have lived in England, who have always had the comfort of well-arranged homes. They have been knocked about, ill used, and forced to bear hardships as men bear them ; but still there is about them so much that is charming.
Page 331 - Reader, can you call to mind what was the plan of life which Caroline Waddington had formed in the boldness of her young heart ? Can you remember the aspirations of George Bertram, as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, watching the stones of the temple over against him ? THE END.
Page 278 - ... dreams are not particularly enlightened. They can be, indeed, quite like the dreams of Michelef s poor monk, with that frolicsome devil whispering in his ear, "You're damned!" In a novel called The Bertrams published in 1859 — the same year as Darwin's Origin of Species — Anthony Trollope wrote: "The bodily attendance of the devil may be mythical; but in the spirit he is always with us.
Page 78 - ... be with me, and I believe that if an increase in what I already feel for you be possible, it will be furthered by the retirement and meditation I shall enjoy in my secluded home. My heart is very full, dear — too full to write more. God bless you, and your husband. You must come and see me there; I have not so many friends that I can afford to lose you who have been so kind. I write this with the fellow pen to yours, that you gave me when we went to Budmouth together. Good-bye! "Ever your own...
Page 142 - ... those pyramid guides ! foul, false, cowardly, bullying thieves ! A man who goes to Cairo must see the Pyramids. Convention, and the laws of society as arranged on that point, of course require it. But let no man, and, above all, no woman, assume that the excursion will be in any way pleasurable. I have promised that I will not describe such a visit, but I must enter a loud...
Page 54 - ... I know what your feelings are,' continued Sir Henry ; ' and I hope you will forgive me if I speak openly. You have resolved not to meet Caroline. My object is to make you put aside that resolve. It is my object and hers also. It is out of the question that you should continue to avoid the world. Your walk in life will be that of a literary man : but nowadays literary men become senators and statesmen. They have high rank, are well paid, and hold their own boldly against men of meaner capacities.

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