The Warden (version 3)

Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)

The Warden is the first novel in Anthony Trollope's series known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire", making fun of the Church of England of his time, together with the religious controversies, and the press. It was his fourth novel. The Warden concerns Mr Septimus Harding, the meek, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, in the fictional county of Barsetshire.

The story concerns the impact upon Harding and his circle when a zealous young reformer, John Bold, launches a campaign to expose the disparity in the apportionment of the charity's income between its object, the bedesmen, and its officer, Mr Harding. John Bold embarks on this campaign in a spirit of public duty despite his romantic involvement with Eleanor and previously cordial relations with Mr Harding. Bold starts a lawsuit and Mr Harding is advised by the indomitable Dr Grantly, his son-in-law, to stand his ground.Bold attempts to enlist the support of the press and engages the interest of The Jupiter (a newspaper representing The Times) whose editor, Tom Towers, pens editorials supporting reform of the charity, and presenting a portrait of Mr Harding as selfish and derelict in his conduct of his office. This image is taken up by commentators Dr Pessimist Anticant, and Mr Popular Sentiment, who have been seen as caricatures of Thomas Carlyle and Charles Dickens respectively. Summary by Wikipedia

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I Hiram's Hospital Nick Whitley
Play 02 Chapter II. The Barchester Reformer Nick Whitley
Play 03 Chapter III. The Bishop of Barchester Nick Whitley
Play 04 Chapter IV Hiram's Bedesmen Nick Whitley
Play 05 Chapter V Dr Grantly visits the Hospital Nick Whitley
Play 06 Chapter VI The Warden's Tea Party Nick Whitley
Play 07 Chapter VII The Jupiter Nick Whitley
Play 08 Chapter VIII Plumstead Episcopi Nick Whitley
Play 09 Chapter IX The Conference Nick Whitley
Play 10 Chapter X Tribulation Nick Whitley
Play 11 Chapter XI Iphigenia Nick Whitley
Play 12 Chapter XII Mr Bold's Visit to Plumstead Nick Whitley
Play 13 Chapter XIII The Warden's Decision Nick Whitley
Play 14 Chapter XIV Mount Olympus Nick Whitley
Play 15 Chapter XV Tom Towers, Dr Anticant, and Mr Sentiment Nick Whitley
Play 16 Chapter XVI A Long Day in London Nick Whitley
Play 17 Chapter XVII Sir Abraham Haphazard Nick Whitley
Play 18 Chapter XVIII The Warden is Very Obstinate Nick Whitley
Play 19 Chapter XIX The Warden Resigns Nick Whitley
Play 20 Chapter XX Farewell Nick Whitley
Play 21 Chapter XXI Conclusion Nick Whitley