Doctor Thorne: The Chronicles of Barsetshire (Oxford World's Classics)
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Doctor Thorne is a compelling story in which love, vanity, and greed are pitted against one another.
The squire of Greshamsbury has fallen on hard times, and it is incumbent on his son Frank to make a good marriage. But Frank loves the doctor's niece, Mary Thorne, a girl with no money and mysterious parentage. He faces a terrible dilemma: should he save the estate, or marry the girl he loves? Mary, too, has to battle her feelings, knowing that marrying Frank would ruin his family and fly in the face of his mother's opposition. Her pride is matched by that of her uncle, Dr Thorne, who has to decide whether to reveal a secret that would resolve Frank's difficulty, or to uphold the innate merits of his own family heritage.
The character of Dr Thorne reflects Trollope's own contradictory feelings about the value of tradition and the need for change. His subtle portrayal, and the comic skill and gentle satire with which the story is developed, are among the many pleasures of this delightful novel.
The novel has now been adapted by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes for TV, airing on ITV in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US.
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afford to make such a match. It would be his ruin.’ ‘Of course it would; utter ruin: he never could hold up his head again. Therefore it is I ask, What is it you intend to do?’ The squire was bothered. He had no intention whatever of doing anything, and no belief in his wife’s assertion as to Dr Thorne’s iniquity. But he did not know how to get her out of the room. She asked him the same question over and over again, and on each occasion urged on him the heinousness of the insult to which she
in pumps. His mother would not have thought half as much of walking from Boxall Hill to Greshamsbury and back again. At last, the one village fly was sent for, and the matter was arranged. When they reached the house, it was easy to see that there was some unwonted bustle. In the drawing-room there was no one but Mr Mortimer Gazebee, who introduced himself to them both. Sir Louis, who knew that he was only an attorney, did not take much notice of him, but the doctor entered into conversation.
went to her. And now, Beatrice, you may believe me or not, as you like; but if ever I marry, I shall marry Mary Thorne; and if ever she marries, I think I may say, she will marry me. At any rate, I have her promise. And now, you cannot be surprised that I should wish her to be at your wedding; or that I should declare, that if she is absent, I will be absent. I don’t want any secrets, and you may tell my mother if you like it – and all the De Courcys too, for anything I care.’ Frank had ever
what little I have seen of her I highly approve’, rapidly come to loathe her for no greater fault than that of falling in love with the heir. An earlier toleration is subsumed in a hatred born of fear that youth, beauty and character may invade their ranks without comprehending the inflated price of an entrance ticket. Martha Dunstable makes her first appearance in Doctor Thorne. She will reappear again and again. For his models Trollope looked to the new prosperous manufacturing class, the
his right hand raised with his eye-glasses in it, he motioned away the tempting paper. ‘No; I should have been happy to have given Sir Roger the benefit of any medical skill I may have, seeing that I was specially called in –’ ‘But, doctor; if the man’s well, you know –’ ‘Oh, of course; if he’s well, and does not choose to see me, there’s an end of it. Should he have any relapse, as my time is valuable, he will perhaps oblige me by sending elsewhere. Madam, good morning. I will, if you will