Is He Popenjoy ?

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Trollope returns in Is He Popenjoy to two of his favorite subjects: property and inheritance. As in "Doctor Thorne," the issues are complicated by the specter of possible illegitimacy. Lord George Germain, a thoroughly respectable, upstanding, if not particularly bright younger son with new wife, rather expects to inherit a title, since his vicious and dissolute elder brother, the Marquis of Brotherton, who lives in Italy, shows no signs of settling down and producing heirs. Then comes a thunderbolt in the form of a letter from the Marquis suddenly claiming that he has, late in life, married an Italian widow and sired a son. This little boy, if he is indeed legitimate, is Lord Popenjoy and the heir to the marquisate.

But is he legitimate? Are his parents in fact properly united in holy wedlock? And were they so at the time of his birth on alien soil? How on earth to find out? The book, which starts almost as a comedy of manners (and perhaps also a comedy of manors), takes on a darker and more sardonic tone with this mystery, and with some other suspected and actual romantic entanglements which are not entirely in the aristocratic Victorian rule-book. Among the large cast of characters are two memorable foreigners: the repellent German feminist Baroness Bannmann, and the rather more attractive American version, Amelia Q. Fleabody (not, of course, to be confused in any way with the real Elizabeth Peabody, who under another name, lies at the heart of Henry James's The Bostonians).(Summary by Nicholas Clifford)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Introductory Number One Barry O'Neill
00:21:07
Play 02 02 - Introductory Number Two Barry O'Neill
00:19:10
Play 03 03 - Life at Manor Cross bobolink
00:20:24
Play 04 04 - At the Deanery bobolink
00:18:19
Play 05 05 - Miss Tallowax is Shown the House Reeses118
00:22:23
Play 06 06 - Bad Tidings Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:21:07
Play 07 07 - Cross Hall Gate bobolink
00:17:15
Play 08 08 - Pugsby Brook bobolink
00:15:30
Play 09 09 - Mrs. Houghton Barry O'Neill
00:23:43
Play 10 10 - The Dean as a Sporting Man Barry O'Neill
00:13:46
Play 11 11 - Lord and Lady George go up to Town bobolink
00:20:54
Play 12 12 - Miss Mildmay and Jack de Baron bobolink
00:19:23
Play 13 13 - More News from Italy Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:17:20
Play 14 14 - 'Are we to Call Him Popenjoy ?' Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:22:57
Play 15 15 - 'Drop It' Barry O'Neill
00:20:16
Play 16 16 - All is Fish that Comes to his Net Barry O'Neill
00:16:33
Play 17 17 - The Disabilities Reeses118
00:19:24
Play 18 18 - Lord George up in London Reeses118
00:19:38
Play 19 19 - Rather 'Boisterous' Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:19:04
Play 20 20 - Between Two Stools Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:18:07
Play 21 21 - The Marquis Comes Home Barry O'Neill
00:21:45
Play 22 22 - The Marquis Amongst Friends Barry O'Neill
00:20:14
Play 23 23 - The Marquis Sees his Brother Barry O'Neill
00:20:56
Play 24 24 - The Marquis Goes into Bretherton Barry O'Neill
00:17:39
Play 25 25 - Lady Susanna in London Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:18:45
Play 26 26 - The Dean Returns to Town Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:20:15
Play 27 27 - The Baroness Banmann Again CrowGirl
00:20:37
Play 28 28 - What Matter if She Does' CrowGirl
00:17:16
Play 29 29 - Mr. Houghton Wants a Glass of Sherry NoelBadrian
00:22:02
Play 30 30 - The Dean is Very Busy Rebecca Thomas
00:14:11
Play 31 31 - The Marquis Migrates to London bobolink
00:19:40
Play 32 32 - Lord George is Troubled bobolink
00:27:20
Play 33 33 - Captain de Baron Barry O'Neill
00:19:11
Play 34 34 - A Dreadful Communication Barry O'Neill
00:18:18
Play 35 35 - 'I Deny It' Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:23:56
Play 36 36 - Popenjoy is Popenjoy novelreader
00:23:12
Play 37 37 - Preparations for the Ball Rebecca Thomas
00:18:42
Play 38 38 - The Kappa Kappa Rebecca Thomas
00:18:14
Play 39 39 - Rebellion Barry O'Neill
00:17:57
Play 40 40 - As to Bluebeard Barry O'Neill
00:22:03
Play 41 41 - Scumberg's bobolink
00:22:37
Play 42 42 - 'Not Go!' bobolink
00:24:20
Play 43 43 - Real Love Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:10:52
Play 44 44 - What the Brotherton Clergymen Said About It. Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:14:42
Play 45 45 - Lady George at the Deanery Steve Gough
00:16:56
Play 46 46 - Lady Sarah's Mission Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:23:04
Play 47 47 - That Young Fellow in There Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
00:15:29
Play 48 48 - The Marquis Makes a Proposition fshort
00:23:30
Play 49 49 - 'Wouldn't you Come Here - For a Week ?' Rebecca Thomas
00:14:11
Play 50 50 - Rudham Park Rebecca Thomas
00:19:02
Play 51 51 - Guss Mildmay's Success S.Nevets
00:23:49
Play 52 52 - Another Lover Rebecca Thomas
00:10:46
Play 53 53 - Poor Popenjoy bobolink
00:16:22
Play 54 54 - Jack de Baron's Virtue bobolink
00:15:50
Play 55 55 - How Could He Help It Maggie Smallwood
00:23:21
Play 56 56 - Sir Henry Said it was the Only Thing Maggie Smallwood
00:22:14
Play 57 57 - Mr. Knox Hears Again from the Marquis Barry O'Neill
00:18:20
Play 58 58 - Mrs. Jones' Letter Barry O'Neill
00:18:21
Play 59 59 - Back in London novelreader
00:22:36
Play 60 60 - The Last of the Baroness novelreader
00:22:03
Play 61 61 - The News Comes Home Barry O'Neill
00:25:38
Play 62 62 - The Will Barry O'Neill
00:13:47
Play 63 63 - Popenjoy is Born and Christened bobolink
00:21:59
Play 64 64 - Conclusion bobolink
00:11:40