It seems as if he is finally secure. At first devastated, Finn soon recovers and becomes enamoured of a lovely heiress, Violet Effingham. As I fully intended to bring my hero again into the world, I was wrong to marry him to a simple pretty Irish girl, who could only be felt as an encumbrance on such return. Chiltern loves her deeply and has proposed repeatedly, but Violet is levelheaded and, although she is fond of Chiltern, does not intend to ruin herself deliberately. Phineas Finn is an Irish MPA who is climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. Her ethical conflicts are impressive – that’s where Trollope is at his best – but the contrivance of her situation and the unnecessarily silly secondary plot work against the whole. Phineas Finn is a handsome, clever and ambitious young man, the only son of a capable but not over-endowed Irish country doctor. As their relationship develops, Finn considers asking for her hand in marriage, despite the great social and financial gulf between them. Be warned: Trollope is not for everyone. By and large, it does not disappoint. But almost immediately he is dallying with the rich and influential Lady Laura Standish. With the nobleman's support, the election is a foregone conclusion. Not Trollope’s best, but has the merit of being about half “Whig-ery” and the other half who marries whom, who winds up happy, and the morality of faithfulness to a cause. See here for a plot summary. Phineas Finn is the sequel to “Can you Forgive Her?” and the second novel in Trollope’s Palliser series. Works —> The character of Phineas Finn is said to have been partly inspired by Sir John Pope Hennessy (grandfather of the museum director of the same name)[2], a Roman Catholic from Cork, who was elected as an "Irish Nationalist Conservative" Member of Parliament for King's County in 1859[3].

I keep promising myself a break from Trollope, but when I finish one, the next just happens to be there, luring me irresistibly! There's very little of the authorial intrusion that makes the earlier Barsetshire novels so entertaining, and the writing in general is invisible. Refresh and try again. Trollope based some of the parliamentary characters who appear in the novel on real-life counterparts; three of the main characters Marriage as legal contract is clear – interesting in today’s discussion of the pros and cons of pre-nups and belief that marriage shouldn’t be all about the legalities. [Victorian Web Home —> Authors —> (Critical Survey of Literature for Students).

Also, as with most authors, the longer his books. Violet did in fact love him, but his violent temper and manner of life did not seem to insure her happiness. Trollope worked and reworked that story, first as a play, then as a novel. The novel was first published as a monthly serial from October 1867 to May 1868 in St Paul's Magazine.

Eventually, she becomes so desperately unhappy, she flees to her father's house.