The Belton Estate

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is.

As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place.

She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 Kirsten Wever
00:37:47
Play 02 Chapter 2 Kirsten Wever
00:22:07
Play 03 Chapter 3 Kirsten Wever
00:35:07
Play 04 Chapter 4 Kirsten Wever
00:22:10
Play 05 Chapter 5 Kirsten Wever
00:29:27
Play 06 Chapter 6 Kirsten Wever
00:29:43
Play 07 Chapter 7 Kirsten Wever
00:29:29
Play 08 Chapter 8 Kirsten Wever
00:29:10
Play 09 Chapter 9 Kirsten Wever
00:27:45
Play 10 Chapter 10 Kirsten Wever
00:30:13
Play 11 Chapter 11 Kirsten Wever
00:31:52
Play 12 Chapter 12 Kirsten Wever
00:30:48
Play 13 Chapter 13 Kirsten Wever
00:28:08
Play 14 Chapter 14 Kirsten Wever
00:34:32
Play 15 Chapter 15 Kirsten Wever
00:30:31
Play 16 Chapter 16 Kirsten Wever
00:34:00
Play 17 Chapter 17 Kirsten Wever
00:33:17
Play 18 Chapter 18 Kirsten Wever
00:32:21
Play 19 Chapter 19 Kirsten Wever
00:24:27
Play 20 Chapter 20 Kirsten Wever
00:35:53
Play 21 Chapter 21 Kirsten Wever
00:25:01
Play 22 Chapter 22 Kirsten Wever
00:36:51
Play 23 Chapter 23 Kirsten Wever
00:34:30
Play 24 Chapter 24 Kirsten Wever
00:28:15
Play 25 Chapter 25 Kirsten Wever
00:31:20
Play 26 Chapter 26 Kirsten Wever
00:30:35
Play 27 Chapter 27 Kirsten Wever
00:33:52
Play 28 Chapter 28 Kirsten Wever
00:26:39
Play 29 Chapter 29 Kirsten Wever
00:31:06
Play 30 Chapter 30 Kirsten Wever
00:25:16
Play 31 Chapter 31 Kirsten Wever
00:35:04
Play 32 Chapter 32 Kirsten Wever
00:23:11