Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now, originally published in 1875 in serial installments, satirizes Victorian economic practices and social standards through the intertwining stories of three families: the Melmottes, Carburys, and Longestaffes. The Melmottes, nouveau riche foreigners who ostensibly buy their way into London Society, are almost certainly Jewish. When Mr. Augustus Melmotte becomes the head of a ponzi scheme intent on selling shares to a railroad that will never exist, Lady Carbury’s degenerate son Sir Felix is made a member of the board. The Longestaffes’ attempts to ingratiate themselves with the Melmotte’s in an attempt to avoid financial ruin continue to fail. The scheme is eventually found out and all three families are deeply affected. However, in a way that is atypical of the genre, everything is finally set right and the novel ends on a satisfactorily happy note.


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