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All these are signposts to remind us that Ferrier's entire novel is cast as a natural history of Englishmen and Scotsmen, biologically-driven misalliances, and the female Anglo-Scot crossbreeds who are born of mixed marriages and live to rue with high cultural anxiety the complexities of their hybrid condition) (16)
It's replete with improbable coincidences, a predictable revelation, multiple fortuitously averted misalliances and a rousing finale.
Against a backdrop of political intrigue, European conflict on a grand scale, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and family alliances and misalliances, a grand romance plays out between the passionate, sensual firecracker, Louise Augusta, and her more scholarly, sedate consort, Friedrich Christian (Fritz).