Doctor Thorne (version 2)

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

This is the third book in The Chronicles of Barsetshire, the first two being The Warden and Barchester Towers; however, although some characters from the first two books are referred to, there is no need to read/ listen to them first to enjoy Dr. Thorne.

It is mainly concerned with the romantic problems of Mary Thorne, niece of Doctor Thomas Thorne (a member of a junior branch of the family of Mr. Wilfred Thorne, who appeared in Barchester Towers), and Frank Gresham, the only son of the local squire, although Trollope as the omniscient narrator assures the reader at the beginning that the hero is really the doctor.

Themes of the book are the social pain and exclusion caused by illegitimacy, the nefarious effects of the demon drink and the difficulties of romantic attachments outside one's social class. The novel also gives a vivid picture of electioneering and all the barely legal shenanigans that accompany the event. Most of the action takes place in a village of Barsetshire and a country house not far off.When their father dies, Doctor Thomas Thorne and his younger, ne'er-do-well brother Henry are left to fend for themselves. Doctor Thorne begins to establish a medical practice, while Henry seduces Mary Scatcherd, the sister of stonemason Roger Scatcherd. When Scatcherd finds out that Mary has become pregnant, he seeks out Henry and kills him in a fight.

While her brother is in prison, Mary gives birth to a girl. A former suitor offers to marry her and emigrate to the United States to start a new life but refuses to take the baby. Doctor Thorne persuades her to accept the generous offer, promising to raise his niece. He names her Mary Thorne but wishing neither to have her illegitimacy made public nor to have her associate with the uncouth Roger Scatcherd, he keeps her birth secret. He tells Scatcherd that the baby had died.

After his release, Scatcherd rises quickly in the world as a railway project undertaker. In time, his skills make him extremely rich. When he completes a seemingly-impossible important project on time, he is made a baronet for his efforts. Throughout his career, he entrusts his financial affairs to Doctor Thorne. When Thorne becomes the family doctor to the Greshams, he persuades Scatcherd to lend ever growing sums to the head of the family, the local squire, who has troubles managing his finances. Eventually, much of the Gresham estate is put up as collateral. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Genre(s): Family Life, General Fiction

Language: English

Group: Barsetshire Series by Anthony Trollope

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I The Greshams of Greshamsbury Nick Whitley
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Play 02 Chapter II Long, Long Ago Nick Whitley
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Play 03 Chapter III Dr Thorne Nick Whitley
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Play 04 Chapter IV Lessons from Courcy Castle Nick Whitley
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Play 05 Chapter V Frank Gresham's First Speech Nick Whitley
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Play 06 Chapter VI Frank Gresham's Early Loves Nick Whitley
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Play 07 Chapter VII The Doctor's Garden Nick Whitley
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Matrimonial Prospects Nick Whitley
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Play 09 Chapter IX Sir Roger Scatcherd Nick Whitley
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Play 10 Chapter XIII The Two Uncles Nick Whitley
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Play 11 Chapter X Sir Roger's Will Nick Whitley
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Play 12 Chapter XI The Doctor Drinks His Tea Nick Whitley
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Play 13 Chapter XII When Greek Meets Greek, Then Comes the Tug of War Nick Whitley
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Play 14 Chapter XIV Sentence of Exile Nick Whitley
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Play 15 Chapter XV Courcy Nick Whitley
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Play 16 Chapter XVI Miss Dunstable Nick Whitley
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Play 17 Chapter XVII The Election Nick Whitley
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII The Rivals Nick Whitley
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Play 19 XIX The Duke of Omnium Nick Whitley
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Play 20 XX The Proposal Nick Whitley
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Play 21 XXI Mr Moffat Falls into Trouble Nick Whitley
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Play 22 XXII Sir Roger is Unseated Nick Whitley
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Play 23 XXIII Retrospective Nick Whitley
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Play 24 XXIV Louis Scatcherd Nick Whitley
00:37:49
Play 25 XXV Sir Roger Dies Nick Whitley
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Play 26 XXVI War Nick Whitley
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Play 27 XXVII Miss Thorne Goes on a Visit Nick Whitley
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Play 28 XXVIII The Doctor Hears Something to His Advantage Nick Whitley
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Play 29 XXIX The Donkey Ride Nick Whitley
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Play 30 XXX Post Prandial Nick Whitley
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Play 31 XXXI The Small End of the Wedge Nick Whitley
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Play 32 XXXII Mr. Oriel Nick Whitley
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Play 33 XXXIII A Morning Visit Nick Whitley
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Play 34 XXXIV A Barouche and Four Arrives at Greshamsbury Nick Whitley
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Play 35 XXXV Sir Louis Goes Out to Dinner Nick Whitley
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Play 36 XXXVI Will He Come Again? Nick Whitley
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Play 37 XXXVII Sir Louis Leaves Greshamsbury Nick Whitley
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Play 38 XXXVIII De Courcy Precepts and de Courcy Practice Nick Whitley
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Play 39 XXXIX What the World Says about Blood Nick Whitley
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Play 40 XL The Two Doctors Change Patients Nick Whitley
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Play 41 XLI Dr, Thorne Won't Interfere Nick Whitley
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Play 42 XLII What Can You Give in Return? Nick Whitley
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Play 43 The Race of Scatcherd Becomes Extinct Nick Whitley
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Play 44 XLIV Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning Nick Whitley
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Play 45 XLV. Law Business in London Nick Whitley
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Play 46 XLVI. Our Pet Fox Finds a Tail Nick Whitley
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Play 47 XLVII. How the Bride Was Received, and Who Were Asked to the Wedding Nick Whitley
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