The Eustace Diamonds –by: Anthony Trollope
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”.
First Page:THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS
First published in serial form in the Fortnightly Review from July, 1871, to February, 1873, and in book form in 1872
I. Lizzie Greystock II. Lady Eustace III. Lucy Morris IV. Frank Greystock V. The Eustace Necklace VI. Lady Linlithgow's Mission VII. Mr. Burke's Speeches VIII. The Conquering Hero Comes IX. Showing What the Miss Fawns Said, and What Mrs. Hittaway Thought X. Lizzie and Her Lover XI. Lord Fawn at His Office XII. "I Only Thought of It" XIII. Showing What Frank Greystock Did XIV. "Doan't Thou Marry for Munny" XV. "I'll Give You a Hundred Guinea Brooch" XVI. Certainly an Heirloom XVII. The Diamonds Are Seen in Public XVIII. "And I Have Nothing to Give" XIX. "As My Brother" XX. The Diamonds Become Troublesome XXI. "Ianthe's Soul" XXII. Lady Eustace Procures a Pony for the Use of Her Cousin XXIII...