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“It always is right in the novels. That’s why I don’t like them. They are too sweet.”
“That’s why I do like them, because they are so sweet. A sermon is not to tell you what you are, but what you ought to be; and a novel should tell you not what you are to get, but what you’d like to get.”
Years ago, an acquaintance disclosed that his mother now read nothing but Trollope. That is: She would read through all the novels, and by the time she was done, it was time to start over. (Analogies to the Golden Gate Bridge present themselves.) That’s the kind of thing you can do when an author’s oeuvre includes, if I remember rightly, forty-seven novels.
The Small House at Allington was originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in twenty installments of three chapters each, beginning in Vol. VI no. 3 (September 1862) and winding up in Vol. IX no. 4 (April 1864). Trivia: For its first few years, the editor of Cornhill was another Big Name, William Makepeace Thackeray. He retired shortly before Small House began its run—and died in 1863, so he never got to read how it turns out.
The Small House at Allington was illustrated by the same Millais-and-Dalziel combination—artist and engraver(s)—seen in Orley Farm. For more about both, see that title. In addition to a full-page picture, each installment opened with a decorative initial, which the book leaves out. I have, as usual, restored them.
In the periodical, the illustration was always placed at the beginning of the installment. In the book, each was moved close to the text it illustrates—with the obvious exception of the two frontispieces, which I have moved to their appropriate place in the text.
The final two installments had no illustration; the second-to-last had no decorative initial. Was Millais called away unexpectedly?
The book focuses on the Dale family:
Two of the male leads are unfortunately named Crofts and Crosbie. Trollope seems to do this pretty often, though I don’t think it is intentional. Luckily they are never in the same place at the same time.
And speaking of Crofts . . . In Cornhill, the doctor’s name started out as “Croft”, singular, changing to “Crofts” in the fifth installment (a new volume, though this may be coincidence). In the book it is “Crofts” from the outset.
Later we will meet assorted other characters from the Anthony Trollope Extended Universe. That includes Plantagenet Palliser, heir to the Duke of Omnium. If anyone wondered, he is “Mr. Palliser” rather than Lord Something-or-Other because he is the Duke’s nephew, not his son. Technically he is only heir-presumptive, not heir-apparent—the Duke could, at any time, marry and beget a son—and will remain so until the moment of the Duke’s death.
As explained in an early chapter, the “Small House” of the title doesn’t mean a house that happens not to be very big. Instead it is what, in a grander property, would be called the Dower House. It was previously occupied by the Squire’s widowed mother, and now by his widowed sister-in-law.
Characters in this book are very concerned with money. So it may be useful to list some figures from Beeton’s Book of Household Management, published at very nearly the same time as Small House. If your annual income was X, your household would include Y:
After the third occurrence of forms like “it behoved him” or “it would now behove him” I had to look it up—and learned that “behove” was and remains an accepted British variant of “behoove”.
I also became acquainted with “flit” in the specific sense of “move house”. (This one intrigued me because its Norwegian cognate, flytte, similarly carries both meanings: to move-in-general, or to move house.)
Every now and then, the author decides that “De Courcy” or “De Guest” should instead be “de Courcy” or “de Guest”. I have left them as I found them.
The text of this ebook is based on the two-volume Smith, Elder (London 1864) edition: Volume I, Volume II. In the printed book, each volume’s chapters were numbered from I through XXX, thirty per volume. For the ebook have restored the serial’s continuous numbering, from I through LX (sixty). As described above, the two frontispieces have been moved to the chapters they “belong” to.
Typographical errors are marked with and are listed again at the end of each chapter. The word “invisible” means that the letter or punctuation mark is missing, but there is an appropriately sized blank space. “Corrected from Cornhill” means that I had doubts, so I checked the book’s reading against the serial.
SMALL HOUSE AT ALLINGTON.
WITH EIGHTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY J. E. MILLAIS, R.A.
in two volumes.
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 65, CORNHILL,
[The right of Translation is reserved.]
|I.||The Squire of Allington||1|
|II.||The Two Pearls of Allington||9|
|III.||The Widow Dale of Allington||20|
|IV.||Mrs. Roper’s Boarding-House||31|
|V.||About L. D.||41|
|VII.||The Beginning of Troubles||62|
|VIII.||It Cannot Be||75|
|IX.||Mrs. Dale’s Little Party||83|
|X.||Mrs. Lupex and Amelia Roper||95|
|XII.||Lilian Dale Becomes a Butterfly||111|
|XIII.||A Visit to Guestwick||126|
|XIV.||John Eames Takes a Walk||136|
|XV.||The Last Day||143|
|XVI.||Mr. Crosbie meets an Old Clergyman on his way to Courcy Castle||155|
|XVIII.||Lily Dale’s First Love-Letter||177|
|XIX.||The Squire Makes a Visit to the Small House||185|
|XXI.||John Eames Encounters Two Adventures, and displays Great Courage in both||203|
|XXII.||Lord De Guest at Home||216|
|XXIII.||Mr. Plantagenet Palliser||225|
|XXIV.||A Mother-in-Law and a Father-in-Law||243|
|XXV.||Adolphus Crosbie Spends an Evening at his Club||249|
|XXVI.||Lord De Courcy in the Bosom of his Family||259|
|XXVII.||“On my Honour, I do not understand it.”||269|
|XXIX.||John Eames Returns to Burton Crescent||291|
|XXX.||Is it from Him?||301|
|XXXI.||The Wounded Fawn||1|
|XXXII.||Pawkins’s in Jermyn Street||10|
|XXXIII.||“The Time will Come”||20|
|XXXVI.||“See, the Conquering Hero Comes”||52|
|XXXVII.||An Old Man’s Complaint||64|
|XXXVIII.||Dr. Crofts is called in||72|
|XXXIX.||Dr. Crofts is Turned out||83|
|XL.||Preparations for the Wedding||95|
|XLIV.||Valentine’s Day at Allington||139|
|XLV.||Valentine’s Day in London||148|
|XLVI.||John Eames at his Office||160|
|XLVII.||The New Private Secretary||172|
|XLIX.||Preparations for Going||192|
|L.||Mrs. Dale is Thankful for a Good Thing||202|
|LI.||John Eames does Things which he Ought not to have Done||210|
|LII.||The First Visit to the Guestwick Bridge||224|
|LIV.||The Second Visit to the Guestwick Bridge||243|
|LV.||Not very Fie Fie after all||254|
|LVI.||Showing how Mr. Crosbie became again a Happy Man||267|
|LVII.||Lilian Dale Vanquishes her Mother||276|
|LVIII.||The Fate of the Small House||286|
|LIX.||John Eames becomes a Man||296|
|Mr. Palliser and Lady Dumbello||Frontispiece.|
|“Please, Ma’am, can we have the Peas to shell?”||To face page 23|
|“And you love me!” said she||44|
|“It’s all the Fault of the naughty Birds.”||67|
|“Mr. Cradell, your hand,” said Lupex||104|
|“Why, it’s young Eames.”||140|
|“He is of that sort that they make the Angels of,” said the Verger||159|
|“And have I not really loved you?”||210|
|“Devotedly attached to the young Man!”||267|
|“Why, on earth, on Sunday?”||Frontispiece.|
|“Won’t you take some more Wine?”||To face page 13|
|“And you went in at him on the Station?”||53|
|“Let me beg you to think over the matter again”||80|
|“That might do”||100|
|“Mamma,” she said at last, “it is over now, I’m sure”||144|
|“Bell, here’s the Inkstand”||198|
|“She has refused me, and it is all over”||253|