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The Warden

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Anthony Trollope sets the scene for his wonderful Chronicles of Barsetshire with this short novel about Septimus Harding's challenged ecclesiastical seat as the warden of Hiram's Hospital. To make things more interesting, the man doing the challenging - John Bold - also happens to be courting Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n't you getting all you hoped for, ay, and more than you hoped for? Wouldn't each of you have given the dearest limb of his body to secure that which now makes you so unthankful?"

"We wants what John Hiram left us," said Handy. "We wants what's ourn by law; it don't matter what we expected. What's ourn by law should be ourn, and by goles we'll have it."

"Law!" said Bunce, with all the scorn he knew how to command—"law! Did ye ever know a poor man yet was the better for law, or for a lawyer? Will Mr Finney ever be as good to you, Job, as that man has been? Will he see to you when you're sick, and comfort you when you're wretched? Will he—"

"No, nor give you port wine, old boy, on cold winter nights! he won't do that, will he?" asked Handy; and laughing at the severity of his own wit, he and his colleagues retired, carrying with them, however, the now powerful petition.

There is no help for spilt milk; and Mr Bunce coul. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There is tranquility in a second-hand bookshop. Libraries are quiet because they must be. This is different. A kind of peace. Whatever it is, it suits me. I feel at home. It could just be the dust. Anyway, there I was kneeling in the art books, pulling them out and pushing them back. Have it, rea...more

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Rating: 3.5* of five

Good, solid Victorian stodge. The kind of book you read when you're glutted with silly, vapid "reality" stuff and need a bit of the reality fiction of its day.

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If you are British and in your 40s, your word-association answer for "Anthony Trollope" may well be "John Major". A GR friend in the same decade of life also begins his review of The Warden by mentioning the former Prime Minister. If you were much younger than us, you wouldn't have been taking en...more

O Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) είναι ένας τρυφερός και καλόκαρδος δάσκαλος, ο οποίος μας διδάσκει με απλότητα και δοτικότητα πάρα πολλά απο τα δρώμενα της Βικτωριανής εποχής. Απο αυτά που εξακολουθούν να παίζουν πρωτεύοντα ρόλο στην σημερινή κοινωνία της υφηλίου μας, στον σύγχρονο κόσμο της χονδρ...more

διαχρονική ανθρώπινη φύση... ένα βιβλίο για την κοσμική διαφθορά της εκκλησίας, παρουσιασμένα απλά, κυνικά και ώρες ώρες με ένα ιδιαίτερα καυστικό χιούμορ! Στο επίκεντρο η λειτουργία ενός γηροκομείου που λειτουργεί με κεφάλαιο από τη διαθήκη ενός πλούσιου πιστού, ο οποίος έχει αναθέσει στην Εκκλη...more

I am not sure what to write of as a review.

To escape such confused state, it is better to state everything in bullets.

- It is a story of a man who listens to his conscience even when it means to lose everything (most of all, his income).
- It is a story of wonderful relationships: the friendship...more

The Warden a somewhat melancholic story of Septimus Harding, Church of England clergyman in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester (Winchester in reality). Britain during the middle of the 19th century and (the first of the six novels in this highly acclaimed series by Anthony Trollope)
this...more

I have finally introduced myself to Anthony Trollope, and I can say with a smile that I am very happy to have made his acquaintance. A friend suggested I start with "The Warden" and I believe it to be advice well-taken.

The Warden of this novel is Mr. Harding, a kindly and good man, who is oversee...more

Very enjoyable book that is concerned about people putting their great big feet in puddles before ascertaining their depth! It's very cleverly worked out and contains just the amount of love and romance to drive the plot forward. Like most of Trollope's Barchester series, it is somewhat a comedy...more

I'm going to clamp down my opening paragraph with a SPOILER! because I reveal in generalities how the book ends...which is kind of important I guess.

(view spoiler)[Who doesn't love a happy ending? Apparently Anthony Trollope. I didn't realize how use to them I've become, because I was pretty surprised when it h... (hide spoiler)]

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