Phineas Finn (1869) is the second in Trollope's "Palliser" series of political novels. Phineas Finn, an adaptable and attractive Irish barrister, arrives in London to take his family seat in Parliament and find a suitably rich and well-connected ...
wife. Amidst radical political agitation, his story reveals the artificiality and glamour of politics, and the inevitable compromises of the party system. Lady Laura, intelligent and constricted by convention, resists this addictive and absurd game; and she expresses a profundity of emotion that far exceeds Phineas's narrow range.