Dr. Wortle's School

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Penguin, Dec 1, 1999 - Fiction - 256 pages
10 Reviews
Mr Peacocke, a Classical scholar, has come to Broughtonshire with his beautiful American wife to live as a schoolmaster. But when the blackmailing brother of her American first husband appears at the school gates, their dreadful secret is revealed, and the county is scandalized. In the character of Dr Wortle, the combative but warm-hearted headmaster, who takes the couple's part in the face of general ostracism, there is an element of self-portrait. There are echoes, too, in Wortle's gallantry to Mrs Peacocke, of Trollope's own attachment to the vivacious Bostonian, Kate Field. With its scathing depiction of American manhood, its jousting with convention and its amiable, egotistical protagonist, Dr Wortle's School (1879) is one of the sharpest and most engaging of Trollope's later novels.


  

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Surly but goodhearted rector, morally rigid but kind clergyman, long-suffering bishop, nosy and irritating evangelical woman, innocent young woman, love story, moral controversy in a provincial ... Read full review

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User Review  - Addie Lansdown - Goodreads

An interesting insight into a flawed Victorian philosophy and the struggles many went through in feeling "beyond their time" in terms of religious ethics and moral relativism. I liked the premise, but ultimately found it a little dull. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
FURTHER READING
NOTE ON THE TEXT
DR WORTLES SCHOOL
PART I
CHAPTER IDr Wortle
CHAPTER IIThe New Usher
CHAPTER IIIThe Mystery
PART V
CHAPTER XIIIMr Puddicombes Boot
CHAPTER XIVEverybodys Business
CHAPTER XV Amo in the Cool of the Evening
CHAPTER XVIIt is Impossible
CHAPTER XVIICorrespondence with the Palace
CHAPTER XVIIIThe Journey
CHAPTER XIXNobody has Condemned You Here

PART II
CHAPTER IVThe Doctor Asks His Question
CHAPTER VThen We Must Go
CHAPTER VILord Carstairs
PART III
CHAPTER VIIRobert Lefroy
CHAPTER VIIIThe Story is Told
CHAPTER IXMrs Wortle and Mr Puddicombe
PART IV
CHAPTER XMr Peacocke Goes
CHAPTER XIThe Bishop
CHAPTER XIIThe Stantiloup Correspondence
CHAPTER XXLord Bracys Letter
CHAPTER XXIAt Chicago
CONCLUSION
CHAPTER XXIIThe Doctors Answer
CHAPTER XXIIIMr Peacockes Return
CHAPTER XXIVMarys Success
NOTES
PART II
PART III
PART V
CONCLUSION
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

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