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The novel opens with Guy Mannering casting the horoscope for the newborn heir to the Laird of Ellengowan. Unfortunately Guy's predictions were correct, and Henry Bertram is kidnapped at age five and eventually adopted by a Dutch merchant. Amidst the chaos of the time Harry must find his rightful place or lose his inheritance forever. The novel is also notable for its vividly portrayed minor characters, including Meg Merrilies who was based on the real life 'queen of the gypsies'.
Following the death of his wife in childbirth, Phineas Finn re-enters a career in English politics renewing friendships and hostilities along the way. When the murder of an opposition member of parliament and a well-known bitter foe makes him a suspect, Finn's life quickly falls apart. First published in 1873, this is the fourth book in Trollope's "Palliser" series of books, political intrigue at its powerful best.
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