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Leighton Court
Henry Kingsley (1830–1876)
 
Leighton Court, by Henry Kingsley (1866). This book is an interesting story of English social life at the time of the Indian mutiny. Robert, the younger brother of Sir Harry Poynitz, masquerading as a master-of-hounds under the name of Hammersley, is engaged by Sir Charles Seckerton to take care of his pack. He falls in love with Laura Seckerton, and at last tells her of his attachment, when she urges him to leave the country. The next morning Hammersley’s horse is discovered drowned on the sea-shore, and his master is supposed to have shared the same fate. Laura, believing him dead, accepts the hand of Lord Hatterleigh. The plot now concerns itself with gambling debts, family quarrels, and intrigues social and financial, tale-bearings, challenges, and sudden deaths. It moves rapidly, however, to a proper ending. The author calls the story “a simple tale of country life.” The character of Hatterleigh, with his sterling worth hidden under a rather dull and effeminate exterior, is very cleverly drawn, as is also Sir Harry Poynitz, with his life of apparent villainy and final justification.  1
 
 
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