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I worked hard to finish this very meager story that Trollope stretched into a novel. I found myself longing for Dickens to take over so some of the working class and the poor could have their say. Almost all the characters were shallow, scheming, lying, and selfish - no one I cared about. The only interesting aspect, in a depressing way, was Trollope's unvarnished portrayal of marriage among the upper classes and those aspiring to reach them and, most of all, conniving to secure enough money to lead a comfortable, genteel life without doing a lick of work. I hope the next Palliser novel is more balanced. This was a slow, depressing slog! Simon Vance was wonderful as always. I could even stand this book because Vance was the narrator.
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I still don't know what happened to Lizzie, the diamonds or Luna. please give me a synopsis.