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The Vicar of Wrexhill

Frances Milton Trollope

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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 appoint

This is my first foray into the novels of Frances (“Fanny”) Trollope, Anthony’s mother. One novel is not enough to go on, but this one book is certainly inferior to her son’s work, though I found it entertaining enough to stick with it.

The premise is that Charles Mowbray, senior, foolishly (we are

L'autrice condivide con le grandi scrittrici inglesi del suo tempo il gusto per le descrizioni ferocemente ironiche di personaggi, eventi, 'milieu' sociali: ed è questo il pregio più evidente di questo romanzo. Condivide con molte di loro (Jane Austen è una delle poche eccezioni) anche la necessità

This work, published in 1837, was among her Mrs Trollope's earliest novels and the first to be recalled much at all. I have read it before, many years ago, and didn't recall the plot at all.

It's very loosely based on the plot of Molière's Tartuffe and, indeed, the villain of the piece - the title ch

I didn't realize until earlier this year that there are more Trollope writers than just Anthony! This was the first I read by Frances and it's so good. The vicar is perfectly detestable but thankfully gets his due. It also seems that Frances focuses more on dialogue and characters rather than bigger

I like the 19th century language. Now In understand better from where Anthony Trollope got his skills.The booknis humourous too.
The plot is unconvincing. I doubt if there was any vicar.in England who had such extreme behaviour and ideas. I think this book is unjust tot Dissenters and Calvinists