The Bertrams: A novel, Volume 1

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Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1859 - England - 528 pages
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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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