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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

What a fabulous book in the Barset Chronicles series! Trollope gives the reader multiple romantic storylines along with a clergyman struggling with his position as a man of God while being drawn to the glittering allurements of the world.

The main romantic storyline involves Lucy Robarts, sister to

This, the fourth of the Barsetshire Chronicles, continues to draw English mid-Victorian provincial life. Picking up the fourth book, you know approximately what lies in store. Most of the characters the reader has already met. The books of the series should be read in order.

Trollope described this b

Ah, the joy of opening the first pages on a Trollope novel and meeting someone new who is dwelling right in Barsetshire along with all our old friends and acquaintances. Our new friend, this installment, is Mr. Mark Robarts, the clergyman at Framley Parsonage, the living attached to Framley Court, h

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

This book is an old friend, as is all of Trollope's Barsetshire series, and his Palliser series are strong acquaintances. This one is among my favorite, full of characters I admire or that interest me. It's a rich look into the clergy and county life in the Victorian era, but so much more. I can't t

Il piacere di leggere

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

It is official, I am loving the "Chronicles of Barsetshire"after finishing book 4 out of 6; and I cannot imagine not loving the rest, or really anything Trollope! If you have never read him before let me tell you what authors I think he is a cross between, even though all authors are quite unique st

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

"They are being very patient."
"Oh, the English generally are if they think they are going to get something for nothing."

And I was very patient with this book. I kept losing track of the characters and the story but perservered hoping I would get something. But I got what the English hope they won't.

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