The Warden

The Warden

Book - 1991
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When John Bold decides to challenge corruption in the Church of England he sets the whole town of Barchester by the ears with consequences both comic and sad. Trollope's first masterpiece is the study of conflicting loyalties and principles in a cathedral city where the gentle warden becomes an unwilling focus of national controversy. The resulting story is both a fine comedy of manners and a magnificent group portrait. THE WARDEN is the first novel of the Barsetshire series.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, [1991]
ISBN: 9780679405511
Branch Call Number: FIC Troll
Characteristics: xxxiii, 203 p. --


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EuSei Feb 16, 2014

[Mr. Harding] still looked mutely in his face, making the slightest possible passes with an imaginary fiddle bow, and stopping, as he did so, sundry imaginary strings with the finger of his other hand. 'Twas his constant consolation in conversational troubles.

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

He has all those qualities which are likely to touch a girl's heart. He is brave, eager, and amusing; well-made and good-looking; young and enterprising; his character is in all respects good; he has sufficient income to support a wife; he is her father's friend; and above all, he is in love with her. Then why should not Eleanor Harding be attached to John Bold?

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

[O]ld customs need not necessarily be evil, and that changes may possibly be dangerous [...].

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

The bishop did not whistle: we believe that they lose the power of doing so on being consecrated.


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EuSei Feb 16, 2014

Very enjoyable first volume of the Barsetshire Chronicles. Interesting characters, sometimes in very comical situations. Their names could also be very evocative. Mr. Public Sentiment, a writer of inflammatory rhetoric whose newest novel was the “Almshouse”; Dr. Pessimist Anticant, a “Scotchman, who had passed a great portion of his early days in Germany” examining things and “their intrinsic worth and worthlessness”; Sir Abraham Haphazard, who “always sparkled,” “was a man to be sought for on great emergencies,” but had “no heat.” Trollope had a problem with the media then—which I can relate today. According to him “the public is defrauded when it is purposely misled. Poor public! how often it is misled! against what a world of fraud has it to contend!” And he correctly proclaimed that a newspaper article was nothing “but an expression of the views taken by one side?” True: “Ridiculum acri Fortius et melius magnas plerumque secat res.” He attacked journalists’ unaccountability in the person of the Jupiter’s journalist: “But to whom was he, Tom Towers, responsible?” Towers was “able and willing to guide all men in all things, so long as he is obeyed as autocrat should be obeyed.” The newspaper's evocative name, Jupiter, brings us to Mount Olympus (chapter XV) from where the gods—journalists—would be systematically dictating the opinions to be embraced by the mortals—the “poor public.” Fine humor, brilliant writing, definitely a must read.

Jan 06, 2011

A great little book about a simple English clergyman who stands up for himself against the more "practical" world. I couldn't put it down.

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