London: London: Constable & Co., 1923. One of 500 copies printed by Robert Maclehose and Co. Ltd., The University Press, Glasgow. Tipped in introductory leaf printed in gray and red. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with minor soiling and fading to cloth and spine. Minor offsetting from introductory leaf. Small hole in gutter margin between terminal blank and rear board. A very good copy, bright and clean. Original red cloth stamped decoratively and ruled in blind with a gilt-lettered spine. Octavo. xix, [1,blank], , 182 pp. Item #16307
"...The Noble Jilt is the germ of one of his best known novels Can You Forgive Her?...In his preface, Sadleir writes, "...The Noble Jilt is the germ of one of his best known novels Can You Forgive Her?...The resemblance between [the] play and [the] novel would be striking enough if it were confined to [the] perpetuation of individual types. But the similarity goes further. Personal motives; actual incidents; occasionally actual phases reappear in the later, more elaborate work. Thus the two heroines jilt their respectable lovers, not because they have ceased to love them nor with any intention of renewing relations with earlier, less eligible admirers, but from satiety with too-evident perfections and from revolt against the uneventful comfort to which suitable marriages would condemn them. Again, the gradual revival of the old talk of union between Margaret and Steinmark in the play...is due, first to the unscrupulous intriguing of a devoted sister, then to the despairing self-deception of the heroines themselves, who suddenly conceive the theory that love is of no account in matrimony; that love at anytime is a delusion and a feebleness; that woman's duty is to partner a man, with him to help some cause and champion some ideal" (Sadleir Trollope, p. vii-xii).
Sadleir, Trollope, #70.