The Eustace Diamonds

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Lizzie Greystock, a fortune-hunter who ensnares the sickly, dissipated Sir Florian Eustace, is soon left a very wealthy widow and mother. While clever and beautiful, Lizzie has several character flaws; the greatest of these is an almost pathological delight in lying, even when it cannot benefit her. Before he dies, the disillusioned Sir Florian discovers all this, but does not think to change the generous terms of his will.

The diamonds of the book's title are a necklace, a Eustace family heirloom that Sir Florian gave to Lizzie to wear. Lizzie attempts to hold onto them, much to the irritation of the longtime family lawyer, Mr Camperdown. The Eustaces find themselves in an awkward position. On the one hand, the diamonds are a valuable heirloom to which Lizzie may not have a legal claim, but on the other, they do not want to antagonize the mother of the heir to the family estate (Lizzie having only a life interest).

Meanwhile, after a respectable period of mourning, Lizzie searches for another husband, and "the plot thickens". (Summary from Wikipedia)

This is the third of Trollope’s six “Palliser” novels. LibriVox recordings of other novels in the series are available:
1-Can You Forgive Her?
2-Phineas Finn, the Irish Member
3-The Eustace Diamonds
4-Phineas Redux
5-The Prime Minister
6-The Duke’s Children

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Historical Fiction

Language: English

Group: Palliser Novels by Anthony Trollope - Link to all titles in this group

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Lizzie Greystock Laura Koskinen
00:24:59
Play 02 Lady Eustace Philippa
00:21:56
Play 03 Lucy Morris Notelrac
00:21:39
Play 04 Frank Greystock cvd
00:18:18
Play 05 The Eustace Necklace Philippa
00:30:04
Play 06 Lady Linlithgow's Mission Philippa
00:18:56
Play 07 Mr. Burke's Speeches Philippa
00:21:47
Play 08 The Conquering Hero Comes par2323
00:16:16
Play 09 Showing What the Miss Fawns Said, and What Mrs. Hittaway Thought Philippa
00:27:06
Play 10 Lizzie and Her Lover Hannah Dowell
00:32:13
Play 11 Lord Fawn at His Office Laura Koskinen
00:16:18
Play 12 "I Only Thought of It" Lee Ann Howlett
00:15:10
Play 13 Showing What Frank Greystock Did DianaJMB
00:21:50
Play 14 "Doan't Thou Marry for Munny" Philippa
00:21:31
Play 15 "I'll Give You a Hundred Guinea Brooch" Philippa
00:24:48
Play 16 Certainly an Heirloom Catherine Millward
00:18:46
Play 17 The Diamonds Are Seen in Public TriciaG
00:18:02
Play 18 "And I Have Nothing to Give" Catherine Millward
00:27:03
Play 19 "As My Brother" Catherine Millward
00:26:19
Play 20 The Diamonds Become Troublesome Laura Koskinen
00:15:23
Play 21 "Ianthe's Soul" Christine Blachford
00:20:30
Play 22 Lady Eustace Procures a Pony for the Use of Her Cousin Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:37
Play 23 Frank Greystock's First Visit to Portray skellie
00:20:05
Play 24 Showing What Frank Greystock Thought About Marriage TriciaG
00:15:46
Play 25 Mr. Dove's Opinion Catherine Millward
00:16:16
Play 26 Mr. Gowran Is Very Funny Catherine Millward
00:27:45
Play 27 Lucy Morris Misbehaves Catherine Millward
00:15:21
Play 28 Mr. Dove in His Chambers Catherine Millward
00:28:19
Play 29 "I Had Better Go Away" Catherine Millward
00:20:04
Play 30 Mr. Greystock's Troubles Catherine Millward
00:21:46
Play 31 Frank Greystock's Second Visit to Portray Catherine Millward
00:27:45
Play 32 Mr. and Mrs. Hittaway in Scotland Catherine Millward
00:13:57
Play 33 "It Won't Be True" Catherine Millward
00:21:35
Play 34 Lady Linlithgow at Home Sage Tyrtle
00:20:03
Play 35 Too Bad for Sympathy Sage Tyrtle
00:23:54
Play 36 Lizzie's Guests Catherine Millward
00:20:10
Play 37 Lizzie's First Day Catherine Millward
00:28:25
Play 38 Nappie's Grey Horse Simon Evers
00:30:27
Play 39 Sir Griffin Takes an Unfair Advantage Simon Evers
00:09:55
Play 40 "You Are Not Angry?" Laura Koskinen
00:11:05
Play 41 "Likewise the Bears in Couples Agree" Andrew Coleman
00:21:55
Play 42 Sunday Morning Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:16
Play 43 Life at Portray Lee Ann Howlett
00:22:31
Play 44 A Midnight Adventure Bethany Simpson
00:21:14
Play 45 The Journey to London Bethany Simpson
00:17:12
Play 46 Lucy Morris in Brook Street Bethany Simpson
00:23:53
Play 47 Matching Priory Laura Koskinen
00:24:11
Play 48 Lizzie's Condition Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:13
Play 49 Bunfit and Gager Mil Nicholson
00:22:56
Play 50 In Hertford Street Andrew Coleman
00:20:55
Play 51 Confidence Andrew Coleman
00:13:13
Play 52 Mrs. Carbuncle Goes to the Theatre Andrew Coleman
00:27:54
Play 53 Lizzie's Sick-Room Andrew Coleman
00:28:02
Play 54 "I Suppose I May Say a Word" Laura Koskinen
00:23:59
Play 55 Quints or Semitenths Laura Koskinen
00:11:41
Play 56 Job's Comforters TriciaG
00:21:21
Play 57 Humpty Dumpty Mil Nicholson
00:26:25
Play 58 "The Fiddle with One String" Mil Nicholson
00:11:03
Play 59 Mr. Gowran Up in London Philippa
00:20:13
Play 60 "Let It Be As Though It Had Never Been" Philippa
00:24:51
Play 61 Lizzie's Great Friend TriciaG
00:32:14
Play 62 "You Know Where My Heart Is" Lee Ann Howlett
00:16:26
Play 63 The Corsair Is Afraid Lee Ann Howlett
00:17:37
Play 64 Lizzie's Last Scheme Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:33
Play 65 Tribute Lee Ann Howlett
00:19:15
Play 66 The Aspirations of Mr. Emilius TriciaG
00:19:20
Play 67 The Eye of the Public Hoosemon
00:18:47
Play 68 The Major TriciaG
00:19:36
Play 69 "I Cannot Do It" TriciaG
00:25:46
Play 70 Alas! Maire Rhode
00:15:02
Play 71 Lizzie Is Threatened with the Treadmill Maire Rhode
00:27:32
Play 72 Lizzie Triumphs Maire Rhode
00:20:01
Play 73 Lizzie's Last Lover LC
00:24:16
Play 74 Lizzie at the Police-Court Bethany Simpson
00:13:13
Play 75 Lord George Gives His Reasons Bethany Simpson
00:12:40
Play 76 Lizzie Returns to Scotland TriciaG
00:25:30
Play 77 The Story of Lucy Morris Is Concluded cvd
00:18:44
Play 78 The Trial Andrew Coleman
00:21:42
Play 79 Once More at Portray Lee Ann Howlett
00:20:09
Play 80 What Was Said About It All at Matching Laura Koskinen
00:14:17