Framley Parsonage (version 2)

Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)

Framley Parsonage is the fourth novel in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. It was first published in serial form in the Cornhill Magazine in 1860, then in book form in 1861.The hero of Framley Parsonage, Mark Robarts, is a young vicar, settled in the village of Framley in Barsetshire with his wife and children. The living has come into his hands through Lady Lufton, the mother of his childhood friend Ludovic, Lord Lufton. Mark has ambitions to further his career and begins to seek connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by local Whig Member of Parliament Mr Sowerby to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark in a moment of weakness agrees to do, even though he does not have the means and knows Sowerby to be a notorious debtor. The consequences of this blunder play a major role in the plot,

Another plot line deals with the romance between Mark's sister Lucy and Lord Lufton. The couple are deeply in love and the young man proposes, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage. She would prefer that her son instead choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly, daughter of Archdeacon Grantly, and fears that Lucy is too "insignificant" for such a high position. Lucy herself recognises the great gulf between their social positions and declines the proposal. When Lord Lufton persists, she agrees only on condition that Lady Lufton ask her to accept her son.

The book ends with four marriages. Two of these involve the daughters of Bishop Proudie and Archdeacon Grantly. The rivalry between Mrs Proudie and Mrs Grantly over their matrimonial ambitions forms a significant comic subplot. The other marriage involves Doctor Thorne, the eponymous hero of the preceding novel in the series. A number of the other characters appear in other novels within the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. (Summary extracted from Wikipedia entry, spoilers removed)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I ''OMNES OMNIA BONA DICERE'' Nick Whitley
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Play 02 Chapter II The Framley Set, and the Chaldicotes Set Nick Whitley
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Play 03 Chapter III Chaldicotes Nick Whitley
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Play 04 Chapter IV A Matter of Conscience Nick Whitley
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Play 05 Chapter V Amantium Irae Amoris Integratio Nick Whitley
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Play 06 Mr. Harold Smith's Lecture Nick Whitley
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Play 07 Sunday Morning Nick Whitley
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Play 08 Gatherum Castle Nick Whitley
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Play 09 The Vicar's Return Nick Whitley
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Play 10 Lucy Robarts Nick Whitley
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Play 11 Griselda Grantly Nick Whitley
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Play 12 The Little Bill Nick Whitley
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Play 13 Delicate Hints Nick Whitley
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Play 14 Mr. Crawley of Hogglestock Nick Whitley
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Play 15 Lady Lufton's Ambassador Nick Whitley
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Play 16 Mrs. Podgens' Baby Nick Whitley
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Play 17 Mrs. Proudie's Conversazione Nick Whitley
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Play 18 The New Minister's Patronage Nick Whitley
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Play 19 Money Dealings Nick Whitley
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Play 20 Harold Smith in the Cabinet Nick Whitley
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Play 21 Why Puck, the Pony, Was Beaten Nick Whitley
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Play 22 Hogglestock Parsonage Nick Whitley
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Play 23 The Triumph of the Giants Nick Whitley
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Play 24 Magna Est Veritas Nick Whitley
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Play 25 Non-Impulsive Nick Whitley
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Play 26 Impulsive Nick Whitley
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Play 27 South Audley Street Nick Whitley
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Play 28 Dr Thorne Nick Whitley
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Play 29 Miss Dunstable at Home Nick Whitley
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Play 30 The Grantly Triumph Nick Whitley
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Play 31 Salmon Fishing in Norway Nick Whitley
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Play 32 The Goat and Compasses Nick Whitley
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Play 33 Consolation Nick Whitley
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Play 34 Lady Lufton is Taken by Surprise Nick Whitley
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Play 35 The Story of King Cophetua Nick Whitley
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Play 36 Kidnapping at Hogglestock Nick Whitley
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Play 37 Mr. Sowerby Without Company Nick Whitley
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Play 38 Is There Cause or Just Impediment Nick Whitley
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Play 39 How to Write a Love Letter Nick Whitley
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Play 40 Internecine Nick Whitley
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Play 41 Don Quixote Nick Whitley
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Play 42 Touching Pitch Nick Whitley
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Play 43 Is She Not Insignificant? Nick Whitley
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Play 44 The Philistines at the Parsonage Nick Whitley
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Play 45 Palace Blessings Nick Whitley
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Play 46 Lady Lufton's Request Nick Whitley
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Play 47 Nemesis Nick Whitley
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Play 48 How They Were All Married, Had Two Children, and Lived Happy Ever After Nick Whitley
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