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The Vicar of Wrexhill

Frances Milton Trollope

Book Overview: 

A villainous vicar insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy but foolish widow, ruining the fortunes and happiness of her three children, until they begin to fight back. This highly readable romance portrays the evangelical movement of the Anglican church in a shocking light that may remind readers of some of the religious abuses of the present day.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The devil take you, and all your classes, orders, and tribes, to his own hothouse!—I'll be hanged if I don't lock you into your den while I breakfast with her;—you shan't see her at all!"

"Mother! mother!" exclaimed the colonel hastily, to anticipate the execution of the threat—"it is Helen Mowbray!"

"Helen Mowbray!" cried the old lady, thrusting her hot smoothing-iron on one side, and her blossom blotting-paper on the other, while the precious mirabilis fell to the ground; "Helen Mowbray!" and pushing aside the baronet by no very gentle movement of her tall and substantial person, she rushed forward, and Helen was speedily folded in a very close embrace.

"There, there, there! don't stifle the girl, old lady!—And supposing you were to bestow one little monosyllable of civility upon this pretty creature, Miss Torrington, who stands smiling at us all like an angel, though every soul amongst us is as rude as a bear to her.&m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This work by Fanny (Frances) Trollope (mother of Anthony Trollope and not to be confused with his sister-in-law, Frances Eleanor Trollope, who also wrote novels) addresses a number of themes that readers of Anthony Trollope's Barchester series will find familiar. She takes as her subject the appo...more

Very old fashioned but that is part of its charm; gratifying melodrama from Trollope’s mom.