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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. Here, too, he de...more

Non c'è che dire, mi sono innamorato di Trollope, e pian piano me li leggerò tutti. Una narrativa di classe e una narrazione di gran classe. Lo dimostra il fatto che, pur non amando le opere ponderose, ho volato via queste 500 pagine. E dire che si tratta di temi che non mi entusiasmano (la socie...more

The 4th Barchester novel, mainly re the vicar Mark Robarts, but also Proudies, Grantlys, Greshams, Dr Thorne and Miss Dunstable. A less pleasant read in some ways because you know Mark is doomed (in the medium term, even though he is probably rescued at the end), can see it all coming and wish he...more

History records that Elizabeth Gaskell said:

“I wish Trollope would go on writing Framley Parsonage for ever. I don’t see any reason why it should come to an end.”

I’m inclined to agree with her, and I think that is because it has so very many of the things I look for in a Trollope nove.../>“I

4.5 stars. Oh, how I enjoyed this book! For years, I thought Trollope was stuffy and dry. I don't know where I got this idea from, but it's the furthest from the truth. This is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, and they get better and better as they go.

I truly believe that I may...more

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...more

One can seldom go wrong by taking a Trollope novel on holiday. His style, his wit, and his psychological perceptiveness always delight and allow one to pick up the book in odd moments and be instantly transported. This novel, like several of his others and like the novels of Dickens – in comparis...more

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 cha...more

"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 Eng...more

So, I am seriously at a loss to express just how much I enjoyed this book. I am beginning to have a serious "thing" for Mr. Trollope.

The very beginning was actually very slow and I had some doubts. I didn't feel the story really got going until about page 80 or so. The other drawback was the hea...more

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