By Andrew H. Wright
FIRST PRINTING.1983 college 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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Genealogy was her favourite insanity .... In religion, Miss Thorne was a pure Druidess . . Miss Thorne went on sighing and regretting, looking back to the divine right of kings as the ruling axiom of a golden age, and cherishing, low down in the bottom of her heart of hearts a dear unmentioned wish for the restoration of some The Chronicles of Barsetshire 43 exiled Stuart. Who would deny her the luxury of her sighs, or the sweetness of her soft regretsl Barchester Towers, pp. 196-8 The question, for all that it is rhetorical, is marked not by the usual sign of a question, but by an exclamation point, thus delicately emphasizing the exculpatory role which the narrator here plays.
71), unless Mr Harding can be regarded as in some sense typical: but surely the force of The Warden stems in large part from the contrast afforded by the spectacle of Mr Harding against the world in which he lives. Henry James praised the novel for its 'classic roundness', which he attributed to the portrait of its hero: 'A motive more delicate, as well as more charming, could scarcely be conceived. 389-90). And there is nothing inconclusive about that conscience. On the contrary, at the crisis Mr Harding acts with pellucid definitiveness and so achieves heroic stature.
Nay, more, and worse than this is too frequently done. Have not often the profoundest efforts of genius been used to boggle the aspirations of the reader, to raise false hopes and false fears, and to give rise to expectations which are never to be realised? Are not promises all but made of delightful horrors, in lieu of which the writer produces nothing but most commonplace realities in his final chapter? And is there not a species of deceit in this to which the honesty of the present age should lend no countenance?