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The Warden by Anthony Trollope
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Aug 09, 11

Read from July 31 to August 07, 2011, read count: 1

The Warden, melancholy story of Septimus Harding,Church of England clergyman, in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester.(Winchester in reality) Britain ,the middle of the 19th century and
this quiet little city exists, because of the cathedral, and is dominated by the clergy .In 1434 a wealthy merchant John Hiram died, and left in his will land , to support twelve retired old men from Barchester.A hospital(nursing home) was to be built, the church to administer it by appointing a warden. Four hundred years later, property values soar and the rents also. There's more money than is needed, to take care of the aged dozen. Harding the warden, is a kindly cleric, who loves the poor men and receives 800 pounds a year, for the sinecure job!Trouble begins when Dr. John Bold, the local reformer,tells the influential newspaper, The Jupiter.(The London Times)Harding is attacked by the paper , the scandal causes him great emotional distress. Family ties compilcate the situation, Septimus daughter Eleanor, is in love with Bold!The warden's older daughter Susan, is married to Archdeacon Grantly ,the bishop's son and the power behind the throne. Grantly defends church privileges. Harding's best friend is the bishop ,who gave him the do nothing job.After much soul searching, everybody loves titles ,the warden decides to resign and accept poverty. But unexpectively, the hospital will become vacant, after the old men are gone!
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