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Miss Ophelia Gledd

In Lotta Schmidt and Other Stories, 1867. Originally published in A Welcome: original contributions in poetry and prose. London Emily Faithfull, 1863.

With two lovers, an American and an Englishman, both eminently in suitable, Ophelia Gledd hesitated to follow her heart because she feared that her breezy, unconventional manners might not he acceptable to the family of her correct and formal English suitor. She was finally persuaded to take the risk.


Raises, but does not answer, the question whether a talented Boston girl would be considered a "lady" in London. The sleighing incident was drawn from Trollope's own visit to Boston in 1862, and the description of the heroine may have been reminiscent of the author's Boston friend Kate Field.