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Framley Parsonage

Anthony Trollope

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Framley Parsonage is the fourth novel in Anthony Trollope's series known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire".The hero of Framley Parsonage, Mark Robarts, is a young vicar, settled in the village of Framley in Barsetshire with his wife and children. The living has come into his hands through Lady Lufton, the mother of his childhood friend Ludovic, Lord Lufton. Mark has ambitions to further his career and begins to seek connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by local Whig Member of Parliament Mr Sowerby to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark in a moment of weakness agrees to do, even though he does not have the means and knows Sowerby to be a notorious debtor. The consequences of this blunder play a major role in the plot, with Mark eventually being publicly humiliated when bailiffs arrive and begin to take an inventory of the Robarts' furniture. At the last moment, Lord Lufton forces a loan on the reluctant Mark. (Summary by Wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .eely, for in these days a young man cannot get into the Petty Bag Office without knowing at least three modern languages; and he must be well up in trigonometry too, in Bible theology, or in one dead language—at his option. And the doctor had four daughters. The two elder were married, including that Blanche with whom Lord Lufton was to have fallen in love at the vicar's wedding. A Devonshire squire had done this in the lord's place; but on marrying her it was necessary that he should have a few thousand pounds, two or three perhaps, and the old doctor had managed that they should be forthcoming. The elder also had not been sent away from the paternal mansion quite empty-handed. There were, therefore, at the time of the doctor's death two children left at home, of whom one only, Lucy, the younger, will come much across us in the course of our story.

Mark stayed for ten days at Exeter, he and the Devonshire squire having been named as executors in the will.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It is difficult to review Framley Parsonage without also discussing Doctor Thorne. The romantic half of the novel seemed to me a revision of the romantic plot of Doctor Thorne, though a far superior model.

As with Doctor Thorne, Trollope leaves the confines of Barchester to look at the countryside. H

I'm grateful I've been reading Trollope's Barsetshire series in order because – although the central protagonists of this fourth book “Framley Parsonage” are new – there are a host of familiar characters in the background who are also integrally involved in some of the novel's side plots. Though I'm

Loved seeing the old characters coming back into things as well as some of the new characters. Overall, it was enjoyable, but this was the installment that I could most tell was originally written as a serial in terms of pacing and flow

This is my 4th book that I have read of this series, and it took about 8 chapters for me to really get into it, but once I did, it was a super read. Trollope uses his early chapters to set forth all the characters in his books, and this time I felt he got a little carried away early. But this is a b

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Il IV romanzo del celebre ciclo del Barset continua a non deludere affatto. Anche qui lo stile è inconfondibilmente inglese tipico della miglior letteratura dell'Età vittoriana, sulla scia di quella gloriosa tradizione in cui il piacere di narrare pare il presupposto del piacer

Trollope starts slow, then goes slower and after a bit you wonder... where... exactly... is any of this...

But then, almost without realizing it, you're deep into the often tedious lives of his characters. To this American (and probably most others), the types and concerns of these characters are pet

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