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The Three Cousins (Pocket Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1999


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  • Series: Pocket Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Ltd (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750914122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750914123
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,658,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one of my all-time-favorite novels. Written in 1847, it gives a fascinating picture of the family politics of inheritance in nineteenth-century England. It offers a delicious entanglement of love stories. And the wonderful characters exhibit a plethora of charms and absurdities. Wicked schemes and noble impulses abound.

The three cousins are Mrs. Morrison, a mature, good-natured bishop's wife; Mrs. Cobhurst, a pretty, calculating widow; and Laura Lexington, a lovely, talented teenage heroine without a penny who is living happily and obscurely with her poor old grandmother.

Yet Laura may someday be a great heiress, if her father, Edward Lexington, fails to remarry. Mr. Edward Lexington, a ruined rake, is impatiently awaiting the death of Sir Joseph Lexington so that he can inherit the vast, entailed Lexington estate.

A sharp mixture of "mustard and vinegar," Sir Joseph delights in tormenting the people he hates and manipulating those he loves. Several anxious relatives are silently observing the old man's appetite, naps and moods, wondering how much longer he can possibly live (he's ninety-two).

Also in the picture is handsome, melancholy Frederick Lexington, natural son of Sir Joseph. Whether Sir Joseph hates or loves Frederick is a mystery.

These are just a few ingredients of a plot rich in sentiment, suspense and social intrigue.

Fanny Trollope, who turned to literature to support her large family, experienced all sorts of financial worries in her life. She writes with keen insight into the woes of genteel poverty.

Since good editions of Fanny Trollope's novels are getting increasingly rare, I'd urge lovers of nineteenth-century fiction to buy them all, whenever they turn up.
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