Framley Parsonage

By Anthony Trollope
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The Chronicles of Barsetshire: Book 4

18.80 Hours 04/01/2007 unabridged
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Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county’s high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark in a moment of weakness agrees to--despite knowing the man is a notorious debtor--and which brings him to the brink of ruin. He must face the awful reality this loss will bring his family. Meanwhile, Mark’s sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly. The novel will conclude with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. One of Trollope's most popular novels, Framely Parsonage depicts nineteenth-century country life beautifully, crafted with acute insight into human nature. 

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Summary

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Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county’s high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark in a moment of weakness agrees to--despite knowing the man is a notorious debtor--and which brings him to the brink of ruin. He must face the awful reality this loss will bring his family.

Meanwhile, Mark’s sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly.

The novel will conclude with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series.

One of Trollope's most popular novels, Framely Parsonage depicts nineteenth-century country life beautifully, crafted with acute insight into human nature. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I wish Mr. Trollope would go on writing Framley Parsonage forever. I don’t see any reason why it should ever come to an end, and everyone I know is always dreading the last number.” Author Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith, publisher of the Cornhill, March 1, 1860
“The story is thoroughly English, and is told with a tremendous exuberance—particularly in its depiction of the ointment heiress Martha Dunstable—which betrays the author's joy in finding himself once more in the environs of Barchester.” Antonia Fraser
“Nothing is out of place in Framley Parsonage. Harold Smith’s politics, Sowerby’s rascalities, the social pleasures of the Chaldicotes set, the dinner party of the Duke of Omnium, belong to the central themes as truly as the diseases and penury of the Crawleys or the ointment of Lebanon of Miss Dunstable.” Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist

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Author Bio: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) grew up in London. He inherited his mother’s ambition to write and was famously disciplined in the development of his craft. His first novel was published in 1847 while he was working in Ireland as a surveyor for the General Post Office. He wrote series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to re-create in his fiction his own vision of the social structures of Victorian England. The author of forty-seven novels, he was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.

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Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 18.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English