I also understand Trollope was rather a conservative guy, but mildly so. Being in government, he had a keen appreciation of the political game (much more interesting in "Doctor Thorne" than in "Framley Parsonage"), and he certainly depicts the Liberal crowd of West Barsetshire as decadent and ignoble. But he is by no means blind to the defects of the Conservative side. That's what makes his novels sound so faithful to reality, still taking us, utter foreigners to those ways, to live them almost in the flesh.
: Well, I have to say that I did not warm to
: Sowerby in the slightest. Indeed, he seemed
: the closest to an absolute villain that I've
: read in Trollope (at least in Barsetshire
: novels), aside from Slope. He's kind of an
: anti-Slope, if you will. While Slope is
: sanctimonious and hypocritical, Sowerby is a
: known swindler. He is able to pull it off
: partly by being so open about it. I realize
: that Trollope attempted to develop some
: sympathy for him as his situation becomes
: more difficult, but I was basically happy to
: see him get his comeuppance. In my opinion,
: he got off easy.
: I had not thought of what it would be like
: to be married to Lucy. She actually wins
: the battle of wills with Lady Lufton. Pity
: poor Lord Lufton caught between an
: extraordinarily strong-willed mother and an
: extraordinarily strong-willed wife.
: I agree that Lady Lufton is in many ways
: quite lovable, despite her snootiness about
: Lucy, and her myopia regarding Griselda
: Grantly (although I was delighted at the
: prospect of the Archdeacon going to Paris
: and basically dragging Lord Dumbello back by
: the scruff of his neck.)
: I've read that Trollope was basically a
: conservative. if so, he probably supported
: Lady Lufton and her old-fashioned ideas of
: propriety over the liberal crew at Gatherum
: Castle. We see so little of the Duke that
: it is hard to form an opinion of him,
: although was it not he who treated Frank and
: his friends so poorly when he was not yet
: wealthy in Doctor Thorne? Maybe I'm
: If Trollope was a conservative, he was a
: very tolerant, inclusive, kind-hearted
: conservative, a species that seems to be
: extinct in the United States. (I don't know
: about Mexico.)
: I believe that in a forthcoming novel, the
: Duke will die and the duchy will be assumed
: by a Palliser, one of the links between
: Trollope's two great series.
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: I did, and I'm posting now (yesterday I
: between two meetings).
: First: I totally agree with you in that this
: one is different, since there is no moral
: dilemma at all. If, in the first and third
: installments of the "Barsetshire
: Chronicles", the main characters face
: hard moral dilemmas, choices between two
: evils, and the second is the depiction of
: intrigues and intertwined power struggles,
: the fourth focuses on the road to perdition
: of Mark Robarts, a young vicar with wife and
: Lady Lufton is not really a villain such as
: Mrs. Proudie, but a very class-conscious
: woman with a golden heart (if you submit to
: her totally).
: For me, the best, the most complex character
: in the novel is Sowerby. He reminded me a
: lot of a friend I used to have: charismatic,
: smart, fun to be with, yet a guy who has
: swindled, stolen, committed fraud against
: each and everybody, including his closest
: friends and family.
: Lucy Robarts is attractive as a character,
: certainly, as you say, a woman acting much
: out of pride, and possibly a difficult wife
: (but let's not spoil the romance).
: I also enjoyed meeting again many of the
: previous novels' characters, especially the
: ineffable and wonderful Miss Dunstable, one
: of Trollope's most enduring creations, and
: the good Dr. Thorne, an admirable man.
: My day job is concerned with public affairs,
: and therefore I tend to enjoy political
: aspects of novels, but just as you I found
: the whole thing with the Titans, Giants and
: Gods impossible to follow and
: All in all, Trollope's novels are always
: good fun, good literature, and a wonderful
: stroll through the world of XIX Century's
: rural England which I always like.
: What do you think of Sowerby, the Duke of
: Omnium and the liberal crowd?
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