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Not content with this demonstration of his independence, Mr. Slope secured the recall of the Rev. Vesey Stanhope , a prebendary of the Cathedral who had been living comfortably in Italy for the past twelve years on an income derived from parishes in the diocest. With Dr. The second daughter, calling herself Signora Vesey Neroni , although a cripple was yet so attractive as to bewitch almost every man whom she met. Her conquest of Mr. Slope so infuriated Mrs.


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But his grief is contaminated by ambition. If his father dies quickly, the son will inherit the bishopric. If the old man lingers for too many hours, there will be a change of government and the new administration will prefer its own candidate. Grantly is disappointed - the telegram which would appoint him is sent too late.

Bishop Proudie descends on the ancient cathedral with an evangelical new broom. But he has a rival in the dilettante Bertie Stanhope. Bertie appears on the scene when Proudie recalls his prebendary father, Dr Stanhope, from a luxurious absentee life in Italy. A femme fatale with a mysterious past, the Signora exercises a bewitching power over men.

Slope becomes entangled, and is dismissed.

Barchester Towers

Eleanor eventually marries Francis Arabin, the amiable and high-church new Dean of Barchester. One of the things which distinguishes Trollope from his fellow greats in Victorian fiction is the contemporaneity of his settings. Why is this unusual? Barchester Towers is set firmly in the present and resonates with current affairs. Written in and published in , Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is set in the early decades of the 19th century.

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Usage terms This material can only be used for research and private study purposes. If there is one word which sums up the Victorian era it is Reform. One thinks, principally, of the great Reform Acts of and , but there were many other radical reforms. Divorce law, for example touched on in the Madeline Vesey subplot , was liberalised in The old system of entrance by patronage was replaced by competitive examination Trollope strongly disapproved. Central to Barchester Towers are reform pressures, and opposing resistance to reform, which were causing ructions with the Anglican Church in the mids.

Were the mids, it was wondered, the right time to seek some compromise with Rome or should Anglicanism go to all-out war against its old foe?

Archdeacon Grantly fights for the old ways enshrined his beloved Cathedral. The Proudie faction, with their odious henchman, Slope, wish to bring the Cathedral out of the middle-ages into the modern day. He sees interesting conflict and comedy. That is sufficient for a novel.

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