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Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope

KEPT IN THE DARK

by

ANTHONY TROLLOPE

Originally published in serial form May through December, 1882, in _Good Words_ and in book form in 1882. Trollope died during the last month of serial publication.

CONTENTS

VOLUME I.

I. CECILIA HOLT AND HER THREE FRIENDS. II. SIR FRANCIS GERALDINE. III. THE END OF THAT EPISODE. IV. MR. WESTERN. V. CECILIA'S SECOND CHANCE. VI. WHAT ALL HER FRIENDS SAID ABOUT IT. VII. MISS ALTIFIORLA'S ARRIVAL. VIII. LADY GRANT. IX. MISS ALTIFIORLA'S DEPARTURE. X. SIR FRANCIS TRAVELS WITH MISS ALTIFIORLA. XI. MR. WESTERN HEARS THE STORY. XII. MR. WESTERN'S DECISION.

VOLUME II.

XIII. MRS. WESTERN PREPARES TO LEAVE. XIV. TO WHAT A PUNISHMENT! XV. ONCE MORE AT EXETER. XVI. "IT IS ALTOGETHER UNTRUE." XVII. MISS ALTIFIORLA RISES IN THE WORLD. XVIII. A MAN'S PRIDE. XIX. DICK TAKES HIS FINAL LEAVE. XX. THE SECRET ESCAPES. XXI. LADY GRANT AT DRESDEN. XXII. MR. WESTERN YIELDS. XXIII. SIR FRANCIS' ESCAPE. XIV. CONCLUSION.

VOLUME I.

CHAPTER I.

CECILIA HOLT AND HER THREE FRIENDS.

There came an episode in the life of Cecilia Holt which it is essential should first be told. When she was twenty-two years old she was living with her mother at Exeter. Mrs. Holt was a widow with comfortable means,--ample that is for herself and her daughter to supply them with all required by provincial comfort and provincial fashion. They had a house without the city, with a garden and a gardener and two boys, and they kept a brougham, which was the joint care of the gardener and the boy inside and the boy outside. They saw their friends and were seen by them. Once in the year they left home for a couple of months and went,--wherever the daughter wished. Sometimes there was a week or two in London; sometimes in Paris or Switzerland. The mother seemed to be only there to obey the daughter's behests, and Cecilia was the most affectionate of masters. Nothing could have been less disturbed or more happy than their lives. No doubt there was present in Cecilia's manner a certain looking down upon her mother,--of which all the world was aware, unless it was her mother and herself. The mother was not blessed by literary tastes, whereas Cecilia was great among French and German poets. And Cecilia was aesthetic, whereas the mother thought more of the delicate providing of the table. Cecilia had two or three female friends, who were not quite her equals in literature but nearly so. There was Maude Hippesley, the Dean's daughter, and Miss Altifiorla, the daughter of an Italian father who had settled in Exeter with her maternal aunt,--in poor circumstances, but with an exalted opinion as to her own blood. Francesca Altifiorla was older than her friend, and was, perhaps, the least loved of the three, but the most often seen. And there was Mrs. Green, the Minor Canon's wife, who had the advantage of a husband, but was nevertheless humble and retiring. They formed the _elite_ of Miss Holt's society and were called by their Christian names. The Italian's name was Francesca and the married lady was called Bessy.


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