The Absentee

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The Absentee  (1812) 
by Maria Edgeworth

published in Tales of Fashionable Life. Lord Colambre, the sensitive hero of the novel, finds that his mother Lady Clonbrony's attempts to buy her way into the high society of London are only ridiculed, while his father, Lord Clonbrony, is in serious debt as a result of his wife's lifestyle. Colambre travels incognito to Ireland to see the country that he still considers his home. When he returns to London he assists his father to pay off the debts, on condition that the Clonbrony family return to live in Ireland.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.