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Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
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May 29, 10

Read from April 16 to May 29, 2010

Barchester Towers is a continuation of The Warden and has a lot of similar themes. Once again we are confronted with the reality of being a minister who depends on others for his living. This creates conflicts in all the characters From Harding to Slope to Arabin and Quieverfull. Added to this is marriage, now as a career choice. Every man who meets Eleanor and the Signori want to marry them but for different reasons. The Signori though minus one leg is lusted after by both Slope and Arabin, Eleanor is only seen as a key to fortune. First it is Bertie Stanhope and then Slope who fall for her and want to marry her. Not because they love her as much as they do her money. The one who does, Arabin, is hopeless devoted to her just as he is to the signori. But she is damaged goods, her husband beat her severly, much to the loss of her leg. Eleanor with her child is clearly the madonna in this tale and the Signori is the whore. It is when they speak of the Signori that they talk of love, Eleanor with her money is whom they feel they must marry. A strange dichotomy, ind it is the center of the book. This is a tale of conflicting loyalites, and one isn't sure who much a happy ending we have. Will not Arabin think of the Signori while he is with Eleanor? Whom does he really love? Will the Quiverfulls and Arabin really be happy with their advancements?
Trollope gets very little love as a Victorian Novelist. He wasn't even mentioned in my Victorian Lit class, he isn't a Dickens. Yet, his books are full of wit and satire.
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