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Cluster index: Molly Menickelly

Making love in the green fields.

Molly Menickelly: ‘Darwin’s description of a perpetual struggle against the world is echoed in Trollope’s ‘Small House at Allington’—nature is not so much cruel as it is impassive. The impartiality of Trollope’s narrator and the events of his novel demonstrate an understanding of Darwinian theory. While it may be true that Trollope was no scientist, he certainly recognized the implications of Darwin’s theory for the mid-Victorian society in which he was writing.’