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The third novel by British author Sarah Waters, ''Fingersmith'' tells the story of [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] thief Sue Trinder, who agrees to help con sheltered heiress Maud Lilly out of her inheritance, but ThePlan begins to go awry when she finds herself falling in love with the innocent and beautiful Maud.

The book was later turned into a popular {{BBC}} miniseries.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Gentleman. He's a well-dressed dandy who can effortlessly charm the ladies, but has no actual sexual interest in them. It's left rather unclear in the book, though, whether he's actually a DepravedHomosexual (WordOfGod confirmed that [[WordOfGay he is indeed gay]]).
** Charles just really wants to be with Mr. Rivers despite knowing he's wicked and being StupidGood himself.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Mrs. Sucksby]] is remarkably sympathetic for someone who [[spoiler: condemned her adoptive daughter to a FateWorseThanDeath in order to get her biological daughter back, as well as a whole lot of money]]. It helps that she seems to feel regretful almost immediately, and that [[spoiler: she takes the blame for the murder of Gentleman]]
* BattleaxeNurse: Nurse Bacon and her coworkers certainly fit.
* BecomingTheMask: Both Maude and Sue.
* BedlamHouse: [[spoiler:Sue]] ends up here and [[spoiler:Maud was raised here.]]
* BrokenBird: Maud... oh so much. Sue as well
* BrokenPedestal: Both Sue and Maud have this done to them numerous times.
* DepravedHomosexual: Gentleman fits this trope surprisingly well for being written by a putatively gay-friendly author.
* DoubleEntendre: The title.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]].
* EvilPlan: It all starts with conmen trying to swindle an heiress....
* [[spoiler: FakeMark: Maud]]
* GambitPileup: What starts as an EvilPlan on the part of Gentleman and Sue turns out to be part of [[spoiler:Gentleman and Maude's]] plan. Which, in the end, was all orchestrated by [[spoiler:Mrs. Sucksby]], unbeknownst to ''anyone''.
* GeneHunting: Inverted and deconstructed. [[spoiler:Mrs. Sucksby tries to exchange her adoptive daughter for her biological daughter who's been raised by a rich family (she thinks the girl will love her just by virtue of being her biological daughter -- she's wrong).]]
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Maud]]'s read enough lesbian erotica to know how to [[spoiler: pretend to be seduced]].
* GirlsLove: Sue and Maud. Yes, they go all the way [[spoiler:...and survive]].
* GoAmongMadPeople
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Mrs. Sucksby]]. Also, Gentleman, who understands other people very well and uses the insights against them.
* OldDarkHouse
* OminousFog
* SmugSnake: Gentleman.
* SwitchedAtBirth: [[spoiler: Maud and Sue]].
* VictorianLondon
* UnwittingPawn: Subverted with Maude and Sue.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:That bitch knew everything. She was in it from the start.]]
** [[spoiler:My own dear girl.]]
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