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Karen

I have been in a reading slump, Mary, and was just contemplating a Trollope re-read to get myself back in the groove, so to speak. I was wondering which to choose and you have decided for me. : ) Thank you!

Mary Ronan Drew

This is a good one for a re-read, Karen. I think I understood for the first time how, while they were in Basel, Kate manipulated Alice into backing out of her engagement to John Grey.

Karen

Have just read that bit this morning -- Kate really took advantage of Alice's hesitancy about Mr. Grey, didn't she? I had forgotten how well Trollope depicts Alice's sexual attraction to George -- a classic "bad boy" if there ever was one -- that dashing scar! Poor Mr. Grey. No wonder it takes the better part of those 1,000 pages for Alice to recognize his qualities.

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