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Doctor Thorne

Anthony Trollope

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Doctor Thorne is the third of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, and unlike some of the others, has little to do with the politics and personalities of the Church of England, or politics on the national level (though there is lots of politicking in the mythical county of Barsetshire itself). The plot revolves around the illegitimate Mary Thorne, who has been lovingly raised by her uncle, a country doctor, and who, as she comes of age, finds herself wondering whether she is a lady (in the county sense of the term). Frank Gresham, son of the squire of Greshamsbury, is in love with her (much against the wishes of his noble de Courcy relatives at the Castle), but she dismisses his affection at first as mere puppy love, thereby setting the scene for a series of entanglements, social, romantic, and of course, financial and propertied (never far from the action in Trollope's works). Their resolution, of course, makes up the meat of the novel. One critic has remarked that in Doctor Thorne Trollope succeeds in one of the most difficult tasks an author of fiction can face: how to make genuinely good people genuinely interesting, so that they engage not only the sympathies but also the interest of readers.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., but speaking, nevertheless, as though to himself.

"It is a matter of no moment," said his aunt, almost angrily. "When the subject itself is of such vital importance, objections of no real weight should not be brought into view. If you wish to hold up your head in the country; if you wish to represent your county in Parliament, as has been done by your father, your grandfather, and your great-grandfathers; if you wish to keep a house over your head, and to leave Greshamsbury to your son after you, you must marry money. What does it signify whether Miss Dunstable be twenty-eight or thirty? She has got money; and if you marry her, you may then consider that your position in life is made."

Frank was astonished at his aunt's eloquence; but, in spite of that eloquence, he made up his mind that he would not marry Miss Dunstable. How could he, indeed, seeing that his troth was already plighted to Mary Thorne in the presence of his sister? This circumstance, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Doctor Thorne kept me company during a hurricane. I don't really understand how anyone could possibly not love Anthony Trollope. This 624 page novel went incredibly fast. Trollope is more courteous, more solicitous, gentler and kinder to his readers than any other author I know. I almost thought he

Anthony Trollope’s Dr. Thorne is the third in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. Until I tried Trollope’s books, I didn’t think I could enjoy Victorian novels. Few series work well for me. Once again, this series by Trollope is the exception. I have read three of the series’ five books and will c

”I will never hanker after a dead man’s shoes, neither for myself nor for another,” he had said to himself a hundred times, and as often did he accuse himself of doing so.

Dr. Thorne is the third in the Barsetshire series, and, in my judgment, the best. If Charles Dickens is the wizard at showing

I have never read anything by Anthony Trollope until now. Of course, I've heard of him alongside names such as Charles Dickens and an earlier generation edified by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.

To say that there are a lot of novels about marriages being dominated by money and status in these po

Update For you lovers of costume dramas, the BBC dramatisation of Dr. Thorne started tonight, March 6th. It will definitely be enjoyable schlock because it's written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. Whether or not Fellowes can bring out Trollope's attitudes towards snobbery and convention r

Doctor Thorne is the third novel in Anthony Trollope’s series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire; set in Greshamsbury, a rural town many miles away from the cathedral city the was the setting for the first two novels.

Mr Francis Gresham is the squire of Greshamsbury, and as he story begins he is

Questo lungo romanzo (550 pagine in ebook), il terzo del ciclo del "Barsetshire", è un feuilleton di gran classe, prendendo questo termine nella sua accezione migliore. Trollope ci conduce con grande maestria nell'ambiente ricco dell'Inghilterra vittoriana, dove regnano ipocrisia e snobismo e dove i

I think I read this out of order but it doesn't even matter because either way, the story was fabulous!

This book was the reason of my acquaintance with the author. Some time ago I had seen the TV series bassed on it at random, which make me curious to search for his work. I have already started doing this by reading the first two books of the chronicles, making the best impressions. These good impres

When I moved to Singapore 20 years ago, one of the things that surprised me the most was how openly people there discussed what things cost. Upon seeing that a colleague wore a new watch, 'How much, lah?' was the likeliest comment. At first, this attitude made me uncomfortable, but after a few years

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