Trilby is a novel by George Du Maurier (grandfather of Daphne Du Maurier). It was written in 1894, and is about the title character who was hypnotized by the sinister Svengali to become a famous singer, although she (Trilby) was tone-deaf.The novel is the Trope Namer for The Svengali. The 1895 stage adaptation popularized the Trilby hat.
- Hypno Fool: Trilby can only sing when she's hypnotized and has no memory of her singing career when the spell is broken.
- Punny Name: Trilby (trill-be).
- Shiksa Goddess: One unpleasant aspect of the novel is the fact that Svengali is an ugly anti-Semitic stereotype manipulating the beautiful Trilby.
- The Svengali: Trope Namer. He controls Trilby completely.