By Andrew H. Wright
FIRST PRINTING.1983 collage of Chicago Press Hardcover. Andrew Wright, literary analyst of Jane Austen, Henry Fielding & William Blake, takes on Anthony Trollope, writer of the Palliser novels and The Chronicles of Barsetshire.
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But the meeting of Harding and Haphazard is foreshadowed in the confident conference between the archdeacon and Mr Harding and the bishop: as soon as Dr Grantly declares roundly that it is Sir Abraham's opinion that 'they hav'nt got a leg to stand on'. the warden and the reader know that the archdeacon is not meeting the issue that The Chronz"cles of Barsetshz"re 35 Mr Harding regards as necessary to be confronted. The second, and as Trollope subsequently came to think, incompatible satiric target, was the self-righteousness of The Tz'mes and other organs which would hound the likes of Mr Harding from the places which they occupied.
Can impart an interest to the last chapter of his fictitious history? Promises of two children and superhuman happiness are of no avail, nor assurance of extreme respectability carried to an age far exceeding that usually allotted to mortals. Barchester Towers, p. 488 There follows a playfully rueful little essay on the ending of a novel, to the purpose of establishing as baseless in the real world the vision of which he has given the fabric. The concluding chapter begins with the following sentence.
Trollope confesses also that he was drawn to the subject by the wish to 'expose, or rather to describe' two evils: The first evil was the possession by the Church of certain funds and endowments which had been intended for charitable purposes, but which had been allowed to become incomes for idle Church dignitaries'. The other evil was 'the undeserved severity of the newspapers towards the recipients of such incomes, who could hardly be considered to be the chief sinners in the matter' (The Warden, p.
Anthony Trollope Dream and Art by Andrew H. Wright