Doctor Thorne

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Well loved by readers in the Victorian era and today, Anthony Trollope's series of novels known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire have delighted and engaged audiences for over 150 years. Doctor Thorne is the third novel in the collection. Although the primary plot follows the romantic ups and downs of a country doctor, the novel also tackles tough social issues of the day, include the problem of illegitimacy and the difficult lives of children born out of wedlock during the period.
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About the author

Anthony Trollope was born in London, England on April 24, 1815. In 1834, he became a junior clerk in the General Post Office, London. In 1841, he became a deputy postal surveyor in Banagher, Ireland. He was sent on many postal missions ending up as a surveyor general in the post office outside of London. His first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran, was published in 1847. His other works included Castle Richmond, The Last Chronicle of Barset, Lady Anna, The Two Heroines of Plumplington, and The Noble Jilt. He died after suffering from a paralytic stroke on December 6, 1882.

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Publisher
The Floating Press
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Published on
Nov 1, 2010
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Pages
975
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ISBN
9781775419952
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Romance / General
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The enduring love story and satirical comedy by a master of the English novel.

A young vicar’s ambition drives him into a costly bargain in this classic tale from one of the Victorian era’s finest novelists. Set in rural England in the fictitious county of Barsetshire, the fourth novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire brilliantly examines the intersection of romance and social class.
 
Mark Robarts is a young, ambitious vicar from the village of Framley, who is living off a benefice provided by Lady Lufton, the mother of his childhood friend, Ludovic. When Robarts decides to try his hand at advancing his wealth and social standing by seeking connections and business opportunities among the county’s upper crust, he is pressured into providing a loan to Mr. Sowerby, a member of Parliament and notorious debtor.
 
All the while, Ludovic, Lord Lufton, pursues Robarts’s sister Lucy, despite objections from Lady Lufton, who urges her son to enter into courtship with a girl better suited to his title and social class. As debt collectors look to inventory Robarts’s possessions—and as Lucy vows to avoid Lord Lufton if she cannot receive his mother’s blessing—the stage is set for a hilarious and unforgettable climax.
 
Comparing, Framley Parsonage to the other novels in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, its author noted, “There was much Church, but more love-making.” Filled with realistic detail and delightful turns of phrase, Framley Parsonage is a testament to Anthony Trollope’s unique ability to combine high-minded insight with popular appeal.
 
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CHAPTER I

Of course there was a Great House at Allington. How otherwise should there have been a Small House? Our story will, as its name imports, have its closest relations with those who lived in the less dignified domicile of the two; but it will have close relations also with the more dignified, and it may be well that I should, in the first instance, say a few words as to the Great House and its owner.

The squires of Allington had been squires of Allington since squires, such as squires are now, were first known in England. From father to son, and from uncle to nephew, and, in one instance, from second cousin to second cousin, the sceptre had descended in the family of the Dales; and the acres had remained intact, growing in value and not decreasing in number, though guarded by no entail and protected by no wonderful amount of prudence or wisdom. The estate of Dale of Allington had been coterminous with the parish of Allington for some hundreds of years; and though, as I have said, the race of squires had possessed nothing of superhuman discretion, and had perhaps been guided in their walks through life by no very distinct principles, still there had been with them so much of adherence to a sacred law, that no acre of the property had ever been parted from the hands of the existing squire. Some futile attempts had been made to increase the territory, as indeed had been done by Kit Dale, the father of Christopher Dale, who will appear as our squire of Allington when the persons of our drama are introduced. Old Kit Dale, who had married money, had bought outlying farms,--a bit of ground here and a bit there,--talking, as he did so, much of political influence and of the good old Tory cause. But these farms and bits of ground had gone again before our time. To them had been attached no religion. When old Kit had found himself pressed in that matter of the majority of the Nineteenth Dragoons, in which crack regiment his second son made for himself quite a career, he found it easier to sell than to save--seeing that that which he sold was his own and not the patrimony of the Dales. At his death the remainder of these purchases had gone. Family arrangements required completion, and Christopher Dale required ready money. The outlying farms flew away, as such new purchases had flown before; but the old patrimony of the Dales remained untouched, as it had ever remained.

 

'You might pass Eleanor Harding in the street without notice, but you could hardly pass an evening with her and not lose your heart.' John Bold has lost his heart to Eleanor Harding but he is a political radical who has launched a campaign against the management of the charity of which her father is the Warden. How can this tangle be resolved? In the novel which is Trollope's first acknowledged masterpiece, the emotional drama is staged against the background of two major contemporary social issues: the inappropriate use of charitable funds and the irresponsible exercise of the power of the press. A witty love story, in the Jane Austen tradition, this is also an unusually subtle example of 'Condition of England' fiction, combining its charming portrayal of life in an English cathedral close with a serious engagement in larger social and political issues. The Warden is the first of the six books which form Trollope's Barsetshire series of novels. This edition also includes 'The Two Heroines of Plumplington' - the short story which Trollope added, just before his death, to provide a final episode in the annals of Barsetshire. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Anthony Trollope is a leading literary figure of the Victorian age, having not only written novels, but also varied works such as sketches, plays, biographies and classical studies.   This enormous eBook offers readers the unique opportunity of exploring the prolific writer’s complete works in a manner never before possible.  

* illustrated with hundreds of images relating to Trollope’s life and works
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other works
* ALL 47 novels – even rare ones - and each with their own contents table
* separate contents tables for the Barsetshire and Palliser novels
* images of how the novels first appeared, giving your Kindle a taste of the Victorian texts
* the Christmas stories, including the scarce novella THE TWO HEROINES OF PLUMPINGTON
* rare short story collections like WHY FRAU FROHMANN RAISED HER PRICES AND OTHER STORIES – first time in digital print
* both of the rare plays
* includes Trollope’s travel writing and classical studies
* includes Trollope’s rare biographies of Lord Palmerston, Thackeray and Cicero
* the textbook Trollope analysing Caesar’s Commentaries
* rare sketches, like the fully illustrated text CLERGYMEN OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, available nowhere else in digital print
* boasts a special criticism section, examining Trollope’s contribution to literature
* SPECIAL BONUS text of Trollope’s autobiography - explore the author’s interesting life!
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Trollope’s immense oeuvre
* UPDATED with more images, corrections and improved structure
* UPDATED with rare short story THE GENTLE EUPHEMIA

CONTENTS:

The Barsetshire Series

The Palliser Series

The Novels
THE MACDERMOTS OF BALLYCLORAN
THE KELLYS AND THE O’KELLYS
THE WARDEN
LA VENDÉE
BARCHESTER TOWERS
THE THREE CLERKS
DOCTOR THORNE
THE BERTRAMS
CASTLE RICHMOND
FRAMLEY PARSONAGE
ORLEY FARM
THE STRUGGLES OF BROWN, JONES AND ROBINSON
RACHEL RAY
THE SMALL HOUSE AT ALLINGTON
CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
MISS MACKENZIE
THE BELTON ESTATE
THE CLAVERINGS
NINA BALATKA
THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET
LINDA TRESSEL
PHINEAS FINN
HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT
THE VICAR OF BULLHAMPTON
SIR HARRY HOTSPUR OF HUMBLETHWAITE
RALPH THE HEIR
GOLDEN LION OF GRANPÈRE
THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS
HARRY HEATHCOTE OF GANGOIL
LADY ANNA
PHINEAS REDUX
THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
THE PRIME MINISTER
THE AMERICAN SENATOR
IS HE POPENJOY?
JOHN CALDIGATE
AN EYE FOR AN EYE
COUSIN HENRY
THE DUKE’S CHILDREN
AYALA’S ANGEL
DOCTOR WORTLE’S SCHOOL
THE FIXED PERIOD
KEPT IN THE DARK
MARION FAY
MR. SCARBOROUGH’S FAMILY
THE LANDLEAGUERS
AN OLD MAN’S LOVE

The Shorter Fiction
TALES OF OTHER COUNTRIES SERIES I
TALES OF OTHER COUNTRIES SERIES II
THE GENTLE EUPHEMIA
LOTTA SCHMIDT AND OTHER STORIES
AN EDITOR’S TALES
CHRISTMAS DAY AT KIRKBY COTTAGE
NEVER, NEVER — NEVER, NEVER
CATHERINE CARMICHAEL
WHY FRAU FROHMANN RAISED HER PRICES AND OTHER STORIES
THE TWO HEROINES OF PLUMPLINGTON
NOT IF I KNOW IT

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Sketches
HUNTING SKETCHES
TRAVELLING SKETCHES
CLERGYMEN OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
LONDON TRADESMEN

The Travel Writing
THE WEST INDIES AND THE SPANISH MAIN
NORTH AMERICA
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
SOUTH AFRICA
HOW THE ‘MASTIFFS’ WENT TO ICELAND

The Plays
DID HE STEAL IT?
THE NOBLE JILT

The Non-Fiction
LIST OF ESSAYS AND ARTICLES
THE COMMENTARIES OF CAESAR

The Criticism
STUDIES IN EARLY VICTORIAN LITERATURE by Frederic Harrison
NOTES ON TROLLOPE by Leo Tolstoy
EXTRACT FROM ‘THE NEW NOVEL’ by Henry James
PARTIAL PORTRAITS: ANTHONY TROLLOPE by Henry James

The Biographies
THACKERAY
LIFE OF CICERO
LORD PALMERSTON
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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