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The Vicar of Bullhampton

Anthony Trollope

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This little-known but engrossing Trollope novel centers on a feisty small-town clergyman, his cantankerous neighbor, the miller, and the women in both their lives. A murder, a trial, a feud, a fallen woman, and a complicated romance are woven together in an exploration of the limits of our ability to truly do right when we involve ourselves in the lives of others, even with the best intentions.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am in such a muck now, Mr. Fenwick, that I do wish to go on with it, if you'll let me."

But Mr. Fenwick, having taken so much trouble to get at the young man, was not going to be put off in this way. "Never mind your muck for a quarter of an hour," he said. "I have come here on purpose to find you, and I must speak to you."

"Must!" said Sam, looking down with a very angry lower on his face.

"Yes,—must. Don't be a fool now. You know that I do not wish to injure you. You are not such a coward as to be afraid to speak to me. Come down."

"Afeard! Who talks of being afeard? Stop a moment, Mr. Fenwick, and I'll be with you;—not that I think it will do any good." Then slowly he crept back along the beam and came down through the interior of the building. "What is it, Mr. Fenwick? Here I am. I ain't a bit afeard of you at any rate."

"Where have you been the last fortnight, Sam?"

"What right have you to ask me, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I do so enjoy reading Trollope. He isn't deep, and perhaps doesn't give the reader much to chew over either during or after. His characterizations are excellent.

Mr. Fenwick, the Vicar of the title, is not so much the central character as the man who knows all of the characters of the major plot and

I love Trollope. He is so good at exploring the group dynamics of a society (although only a small mainly upper middle class section). I think he's especially good at smaller groups - a family, a few friends and showing how we misunderstand each other - our friends, our enemies, and ourselves. I don

I have discovered from reading so many of his novels that Trollope wrote eight or nine great novels for every merely good one. He is so consistently on message -- and so consistently in control of his material -- that few authors give me so much pleasure when opening a new book of theirs. In additio

Reread for book group Jan 2016.

Thoroughly enjoyed again. Not to my brain's credit that a reread four years later can seem like reading a new book, I could remember main characters but couldn't remember details (like who Mary actually ended up with or if the murderer's were ever found).

Still, reall

This is one of my favourite Trollope novels (I've read them all!) because the central character of the stubborn and likeable vicar, Frank Fenwick, is so vividly alive - his relationship with his wife is also a refreshing example of a happy marriage in literature where there's nothing cloying or over

Will she or won't she marry Harry? That's the burning question behind the love story involving Mary Lowther, who is torn between two suitors representing her head and her heart. (I love the way Trollope describes one of them as having thick black curls, already beginning to thin on top -- so that th

What a book. A wonderful Anthony Trollope novel – charming, clever, powerful and just fantastic.

What a wonderful writer Trollope is, I admit that Dickens is the greater contemporary writer, but Trollope's women are so alive. While with Dickens women are either sluts or saints, Trollope manages to create women of flesh and blood. This novel is highly recommended to experienced Trollope readers,

After reading The Way We Live Now and then this book, I don't know how I haven't read Anthony Trollope before now. He is great. This book has interesting characters, an intriguing story, and writing that is funny, poignant, and insightful.

“Now men in love, let their case be ever so bad, must dine or die.”

Sometimes I wonder what makes Anthony Trollope’s novels, on the whole, so attractive to me. They are not seldom drawn out by repetitions and redundancies, which clearly bespeak Trollope’s own mundane attitude towards writing and his

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