Miss Mackenzie ebook

by Anthony Trollope

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LibriVox recording of 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.

A lesser known novel by that giant of Victorian novels, Anthony Trollope. I, for one, enjoyed the story and feel that Miss Mackenzie is one of Trollope's best heroines

A lesser known novel by that giant of Victorian novels, Anthony Trollope. I, for one, enjoyed the story and feel that Miss Mackenzie is one of Trollope's best heroines. She is not as self-denying and self-sacrificing as some of his others. The story is much shorter than most of Trollope's novels and is a fast read.

Anthony Trollope has created a wonderful heroine in Miss Mackenzie. Although past the bloom of youth, her modesty, kindness and dignity will endear her to the listener and there is genuine delight when John Ball, against his mother's wishes, declares his love for Margaret and asks her to marry him. The Author: Convinced with good reason, that he was unloved and unregarded, Anthony Trollope struggled long and hard for a foothold in the world.

19th century classic novel  .

Miss Mackenzie Leaves the Cedars VIII

The Mackenzie Family II. Miss Mackenzie Goes to Littlebath III. Miss Mackenzie's First Acquaintances IV. Miss Mackenzie Commences Her Career V. Showing How Mr Rubb, Junior, Progressed at Littlebath VI. Miss Mackenzie Goes to the Cedars VII. Miss Mackenzie Leaves the Cedars VIII. Mrs Tom Mackenzie's Dinner Party IX. Miss Mackenzie's Philosophy X. Plenary Absolutions XI. Miss Todd Entertains Some Friends at Tea XII. Mrs Stumfold Interferes XIII.

Miss Mackenzie is an 1865 novel by Anthony Trollope. It was written in 1864 and published by Chapman & Hall in February 1865. In his 1883 autobiography, Trollope stated that Miss Mackenzie "was written with the desire that a novel may be produced without any love; but even in this attempt it breaks down before the conclusion.

Miss Mackenzie - Ebook written by Anthony Trollope. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Miss Mackenzie. In 'Miss Mackenzie' Trollope made a deliberate attempt 'to prove that a novel may be produced without any love', but as he candidly admits in his 'Autobiography, the attempt 'breaks down before the conclusion. In taking for his heroine an middle - aged spinster, his contemporaries of writing about young girls in love.

Novelist Anthony Trollope was born in London, England on April 24, 1815. He attended many famous schools but as a large, awkward boy, he never felt in place among the aristocrats he met there. In 1834, he became a junior clerk in the General Post Office, London. He spent seven years there in poverty until his transfer, in 1841, to Banagher, Ireland as a deputy postal surveyor. He became more financially secure and in 1844, he married Rose Heseltine. He wanted to discover the reasons for Irish discontent.

Miss Mackenzie is a popular book by Anthony Trollope. Anthony Trollope's Miss Mackenzie consists of 30 parts for ease of reading. Read Miss Mackenzie, free online version of the book by Anthony Trollope, on ReadCentral. Choose the part of Miss Mackenzie which you want to read from the table of contents to get started. Table of Contents for Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope. This book contains 145038 words. With an average reading speed of 420 words per minute, you will finish reading this book in 2 days if you devote 4 hours daily.

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I guess the most important thing to say about this novel is that it's very funny! However, the novelist usually manages somehow to convey, as he's depicting people more or less ineptly struggling to live and prosper within the rigid rules and conventions of Victorian society, that he likes and/or has compassion for these poor screw-ups.

As for the exemplary characters (here Ms Mackenzie and her friends), Trollope is happy to depict them being exemplary in ways that are extreme, but at the same time he seems aware that in reality such people would almost never be met with, and might well be quite irritating if they were.This latter characteristic of Trollope's novels, and this one in particular, was probably dicatated in part by the fact that the Victorian public wanted only the most virtuous heroes and heroines. The former characteristic of his work, a kind of easy-going, amused tolerance for fools and knaves, may have been the real Trollope. I think he knew that most humans are deeply flawed, and enjoyed depicting such people. In this he reminds me of a novelist from a hundred years earlier, the product of a much less moralistic England—Henry Fielding, author of "Tom Jones."

The bottom line is that this is a novel which starts out to tell the story of a woman almost certainly doomed to be a spinster, and ends with a great deal of delightful suspense as to whether the author can believably rescue her from that fate, while at the same time giving us a view of middle- and upper-class Victorian society that, as in all his novels, always has the ring of truth.
The heroine, a hopelessly dull, poor, and not so beautiful spinster, who has spent her thirty-some years mostly nursing invalids, suddenly is told that she is the heiress of her recently deceased brother, the last relative that she nursed. Another brother, who also was once possessed of a fortune, lives with 7 children, a disagreeable wife, and a failing business. Margaret, the pathetic, lonely spinster, feels obligated to somehow help out her brother's family in spite of his obnoxious wife. She decides to take their second daughter, Susana, under her care and provide her with a good education. She also decides to move to Littlebath, a sort of resort town outside of London. She rents a small, attractive house and manages to set up her living situation as becomes her new station in life and register Susana in a fashionable school in the area..

As soon as her new position becomes known, Margaret is besieged with proposals of marriage. She also finds that in Littlebath she has a choice of society. One is to become a member of a church group with a very controlling pastor's wife, Mrs. Stumfold and an obnoxious curate, Mr. Maguire. The other choice is a group confessed to be worldly-minded and devilish that is led by her next door neighbor, Miss Todd. Margaret sticks her toe in each group. She would like to be friends with a Miss Bath, who seems like a lovely person, and although allowed to visit Miss Todd because of a long-standing friendship, Miss Baker is completely under the control of Mrs. Stumfold. Margarel, although quiet and unassuming, refuses to come under this domination.

While at Littlebath, Margaret is visited by a Mr. Samuel Rubb, the son of her brother Thomas's partner in the oilcloth business of Rubb and Mackenzie. Mr. Rubb has come to make a business call to solicit a large loan from Margaret to save the failing business. Margaret readily agrees, although she knows that it is not a wise investment. She determines that if all fails, she will consider the money a gift to her brother. In the middle of all this, she is invited to The Cedars to visit her aunt and uncle, Lord and Lady Ball. Through a mix-up and falling out between two brothers a generation before, the family fortune came to Margaret's two brothers, and although Thomas had squandered his share, William had left his to Margaret, while the title would stay in the Ball family. Lady Ball, a cranky, manipulative woman, was convinced that it was Margaret's duty to marry her son John, a bald widower with nine children, so that the money (what was left of it) and the title could be joined together once again.

Margaret escaped the Ball family and returned once again to her lonely independent life in Littlebath. Before she knew it, she had two more suitors as well as cousin John Ball -- Mr.Rudd continued to call and pressed his suite, and Mr. Maguire realized that with Margaret's money he could become independent of the Stumfolds. As Margaret was considering the pro's and con's of her three suitors, realizing that her money was the goal of all three, but also seeing that marriage to one of them would be a way to escape from her boring, lonely life. As she was considering which of the three would be the least offensive to her personally to marry, she received an urgent call to the bedside of her brother Thomas. As Thomas' illness was terminal, she established herself as his nurse, and on his deathbed promised to divide what was left of her money with the frantic and still obnoxious Mrs. Thomas Mackenzie.

Thus, I have set up the story for you. Who will Margaret choose? What will her future life be? The three suitors continue to besiege her even at the Thomas Mackenzie home, and she begins to see that the fulfillment of her life could be in nursing, an occupation that had occupied her since her early years. She is also besieged by Mrs. Thomas, Sarah, who wants the settlement of the funds Margaret has promised to her husband. She wants to know what will become of her 6 remaining children, (Margaret has taken charge of Susana.) and the Balls want to know what will become of John Ball's 9. Mr. Maguire has fought with Mrs. Stumfold and resigned from the Littlebath church. He desperately needs Margaret's money to set himself up as vicar of a competing church in Littlebath. Mr. Rudd is also desperate to marry. Margaret's loan to the business seemingly did not save it. What will happen? Read the book to find out.
A lesser known novel by that giant of Victorian novels, Anthony Trollope. I, for one, enjoyed the story and feel that Miss Mackenzie is one of Trollope's best heroines. She is not as self-denying and self-sacrificing as some of his others.She is someone with whom modern readers can emphasize. The story is much shorter than most of Trollope's novels and is a fast read. That may be a good selling point for introducing Trollope to new readers (I myself, prefer his longer, more involved novels in general such as The Way We Live Now).
While I love the plot and writing, I hate this particular book edition I got because it’s so full of typos as to sometimes be unreadable. I guess they scanned the pages of a worn old edition and transcribed them, but any time the scanner got confused, the words turn into giberish. Of course no one proof-read this before printing. Here is a photo of one particular dialogue. Should I really be paying money for this? I will have to buy a different (hopefully proper older edition) so I can keep reading because I love the story but just can’t stand the shoddy transcription any longer. Also, no pagination. I mean, how did anyone think it would be okay to print this and ask money for it?
Quite an interesting look at the difficulties of single women during this time.
The manner in which the people expressed themselves in such a round about way was at times frustrating to read but also appropriate.
The story started with a woman who nursed family members and kept house for them and then good fortune came to her, the way in which she was treated, her reaction and how she made her way through life was a pleasure to read.
I'm currently on a "read everything Trollope wrote" binge...or a million words.
I've just begun reading Miss MacKenzie and, so far, I love it. The characters are being filled out, flaws and all, in a way that appeals very much to this reader. Plots and subplots are beginning to become more clear, making this novel a good read. Trollope's societal and political commentary, as always, makes his work thought provoking and enjoyable.
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