Barchester Towers

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Penguin, Nov 17, 1983 - Fiction - 576 pages
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‘I never saw anything like you clergymen ... you are always thinking of fighting each other’

After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollope’s masterly depiction of the plotting and back-stabbing that ensues lies at the heart of one of the most vivid and comic of his Barsetshire novels, peopled by such very different figures as the saintly Warden of Hiram’s Hospital, Septimus Harding, the ineffectual but well-meaning new bishop and his terrifying wife, and the oily chaplain Mr Slope who has designs both on Mr Harding’s daughter and the fascinating would-be femme fatale Signora Vesey-Neroni.

This is the second volume of Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire. In his introduction, Robin Gilmour examines the novel’s political and social background and Trollope’s concern with changes occurring in society. This edition also includes a preface by J. K. Galbraith.


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A Note on the Text
A Note on the Church in Barchester Towers
Suggestions for Further Reading
CHAPTER 1Who will be the New Bishop?
CHAPTER 6Fourteen Arguments in Favour of Mr Quiverfuls Claims
CHAPTER 7Mrs Proudie Wrestles and Gets a Fall
CHAPTER 8A Love Scene
CHAPTER 9Mrs Bold is Entertained by Dr and Mrs Grantly at Plumstead
CHAPTER 10A Serious Interview
CHAPTER 11Another Love Scene
CHAPTER 12The Bishops Library
CHAPTER 13A New Candidate for Ecclesiastical Honours

CHAPTER 2Hirams Hospital According to Act of Parliament
CHAPTER 3Dr and Mrs Proudie
CHAPTER 4The Bishops Chaplain
CHAPTER 5A Morning Visit
CHAPTER 7The Dean and Chapter Take Counsel
CHAPTER 8The ExWarden Rejoices in His Probable Return to the Hospital
CHAPTER 9The Stanhope Family
CHAPTER 10Mrs Proudies Reception Commenced
CHAPTER 11Mrs Proudies Reception Concluded
CHAPTER 12Slope versus Harding
CHAPTER 13The Rubbish Cart
CHAPTER 14The New Champion
CHAPTER 15The Widows Suitors
CHAPTER 16Baby Worship
CHAPTER 17Who shall be Cock of the Walk?
CHAPTER 18The Widows Persecution
CHAPTER 19Barchester by Moonlight
CHAPTER 1Mr Arabin
CHAPTER 2St Ewolds Parsonage
CHAPTER 3The Thornes of Ullathorne
CHAPTER 4Mr Arabin Reads Himself in at St Ewolds
CHAPTER 5Mr Slope Manages Matters Very Cleverly at Puddingdale
CHAPTER 14Mrs Proudie Victrix1
CHAPTER 15Oxford the Master and Tutor of Lazarus
CHAPTER 1Miss Thornes Fte Champtre1
CHAPTER 2Ullathorne Sports Act I
CHAPTER 3The Signora Neroni the Countess De Courcy and Mrs Proudie Meet Each Other at Ullathorne
CHAPTER 4The Bishop Breakfasts and the Dean Dies
CHAPTER 5The Lookalofts and the Greenacres
CHAPTER 6Ullathorne Sports Act II
CHAPTER 7Mrs Bold Confides Her Sorrow to Her Friend Miss Stanhope
CHAPTER 8Ullathorne Sports Act III
CHAPTER 9Mr and Mrs Quiverful are Made Happy Mr Slope is Encouraged by the Press
CHAPTER 10Mrs Bold at Home
CHAPTER 11The Stanhopes at Home
CHAPTER 12Mr Slopes Parting Interview with the Signora
CHAPTER 13The Dean Elect
CHAPTER 14Miss Thorne Shows Her Talent at Matchmaking
CHAPTER 15The Belzebub Colt
CHAPTER 16The Archdeacon is Satisfied with the State of Affairs
CHAPTER 17Mr Slope Bids Farewell to the Palace and its Inhabitants
CHAPTER 18The New Dean Takes Possession of the Deanery and the New Warden of the Hospital
CHAPTER 19Conclusion

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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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