Thursday, December 28, 2023

Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome to the last Book Beginnings of the year! Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book  you are reading, or just a book that caught your fancy. 


Whether or no, she, whom you are to forgive, if you can, did or did not belong to the Upper Ten Thousand of this our English world, I am not prepared to say with any strength of affirmation. By blood she was connected with big people,—distantly connected with some very big people indeed, people who belonged to the Upper Ten Hundred if there be any such division; but of these very big relations she had known and seen little, and they had cared as little for her.

-- from Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope. 

Can You Forgive Her? is the first book in Anthony Trollope's Palliser Series of six novels, also known as the Parliamentary Novels. It was first published in serial form in 1864 - 1865. The book follows three women through courtship and marriage: Alice Vavasor, her cousin Glencora Palliser, and her aunt Arabella Greenow. Early on, Alice asks, "What should a woman do with her life?" This theme repeats itself in the dilemmas faced by the other women in the novel.

This series has some character crossover with Trollope's Barchester Chronicles series, which I read a few years back. This series has been on my mind since I found a boxed set of paperbacks at a library friends store last spring. There is a year-long group read on Instagram that is just the inspiration I needed to dive in. 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

Freda at Freda's Voice started and hosted The Friday 56 for a long, long time. She is taking a break and Anne at My Head if Full of Books has taken on hosting duties in her absence. Please visit Anne's blog and link to your Friday 56 post.


From Can You Forgive Her?:
They were sitting at Basle one evening in the balcony of the big hotel which overlooks the Rhine. The balcony runs the length of the house, and is open to all the company; but it is spacious, and little parties can be formed there with perfect privacy.



  1. I like the look and sound of this one Here's mine: “KILLING ME SOFTLY”

  2. I've heard of the author but not the series. Do you have all six books? Does your friend own an antic store? Enjoy the whole series. Happy New Year.

  3. I've never read anything by Trollope. You point me in the direction of a lot of books I should read!


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