: I knew it would take awhile, but I finished it
: last night. I enjoyed it, but my initial
: impression is that it is the least of the
: four Barsetshire novels that I've read,
: principally because no one has an
: interesting ethical dilemma. Lucy's issue
: seems to be pride. She will not endure the
: scorn of others for the sake of her love.
: Lady Lufton's issue is that it seems as
: though her son is cavorting with the hired
: help, since she sees her local parson as a
: member of her estate staff.
: And that's the Marriage Plot, the more
: interesting one. Mark's foolish desire to
: be accepted by the "cool kids"
: (it really does remind me of high school)
: leads him into deep financial difficulties
: and disgrace. The moral seems to be a Nancy
: Reaganish, "Just say no." And the
: political chapters were completely boring.
: I could not even keep straight whether the
: whigs were "gods" or
: "giants," and none of it seemed to
: matter much.
: On a brighter note, I was happy to see so
: many of the characters from earlier novels
: featured in this one. (The lack of them was
: a bit of a disappointment in Doctor Thorne.)
: Miss Dunstable (excuse me, Mrs. Thorne) is
: truly a treasure. She is a creation that
: almost ranks with the matchless Signora
: What did you think, Guillermo?
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