Book Cover of Miss Mackenzie

Miss Mackenzie

by Anthony Trollope

The thirty-five year-old (hence utterly over-the-hill) Miss Margaret Mackenzie, having devoted her life to others, suddenly finds herself with no one to care for, and in possession of a moderate fortune. Having money, she is now much sought-after and no longer universally deemed too old to marry. Partly because she has spent her life taking care of the brother whose money she has now inherited, she has no experience of wealth or popularity. Miss Mackenzie is the definition of “other-oriented. (Indeed, Trollope originally considered naming the novel, and his heroine, “Griselda”, presumably to invoke the folkloric character’s qualities of stolid obedience and endless patience.) These circumstances are the perfect set-up for classic Trollopian swipes and snipes at various fortune-hunters and other obsequies, and more broadly at society’s sexism, classism, and Mammonism. She comes into her own and begins to try to enjoy life, at first juggling, but ultimately rejecting, three serious suitors. As the story unfolds, the particulars of her deceased brother’s life and death reveal themselves, Miss Mackenzie becomes increasingly able to know who she is and what she wants, and both she and the reader are better able to discern the true colors of those around her. The question is: Will her self-knowledge overcome both her personal history and various social prejudices, so as to allow her to fall in love with – and say “yes” to – a really good man?

Book Details

Language

English

Original Language

English

Published In

1865

Author

Anthony Trollope image

Anthony Trollope was an English novelist and civil servant of the Victorian era. Among his best-known works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves ar...

More on Anthony Trollope

Listen/Download Audiobook

Read by:
00:00
Playback Speed 1.0
00:00
  • Select Speed

Related books

The Girl from Hollywood  Cover image

The Girl from Hollywood by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Girl from Hollywood is an Edgar Rice Burroughs contemporary fiction novel. The Girl from Hollywood was published as a serial by Munsey's Magazine...

The Talisman Cover image

The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott

The Talisman is one of the Waverley novels by Sir Walter Scott. Published in 1825 as the second of his Tales of the Crusaders, the first being The Bet...

The Valley of the Squinting Windows Cover image

The Valley of the Squinting Windows by Brinsley MacNamara

The Valley of the Squinting Shadows was the author's first novel and proved controversial. In it, he tells a realistic tale of life in a small Irish t...

An Iceland Fisherman Cover image

An Iceland Fisherman by Pierre Loti

This takes readers on a captivating journey to the remote and unforgiving shores of Iceland. In this gripping tale, we follow the life of Yann Gaos, a...

The Youth of Washington: Told in the Form of an Autobiography Cover image

The Youth of Washington: Told in the Form of an Autobiography by Silas Weir Mitchell

It details the life of George Washington as a young man, from his childhood to his military career. Written by Silas Weir Mitchell, a noted American p...

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches Cover image

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle

A governess comes to Sherlock Holmes for advice on an offer of a excellent position with a new employer. But the conditions are odd and expectations s...

Salammbo  Cover image

Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert

Salammbô is a historical novel by Gustave Flaubert. It is set in Carthage immediately before and during the Mercenary Revolt (241–237 B.C.). Flaubert'...

The Night Club Cover image

The Night Club by Herbert George Jenkins

It follows the adventures of a young man named Jimmy Pitt, who finds himself embroiled in a series of hilarious misadventures when he is mistaken for...

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Cover image

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

In the picturesque land of Peru, a bridge hangs suspended between worlds. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" by Thornton Wilder beckons readers into a realm...

A Little Maid of Province Town  Cover image

A Little Maid of Province Town by Alice Turner Curtis

Historical story about Anne Newton, growing up in Provincetown, Massachusetts around the time of the English war with the colonies. Her mother is dead...

Reviews for Miss Mackenzie

No reviews posted or approved, yet...