Doctor Thorne

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Part Two Of Two Parts

DR. THORNE, third in the Barsetshire Chronicles, is the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite Mary's poverty. Only the doctor knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy, one that will make her acceptable to the sniffish middle class of which Frank is a card-carrying member.

Frank and Mary are two of the author's most attractive characters and, in a story that satisfies both their ...

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Overview

Part Two Of Two Parts

DR. THORNE, third in the Barsetshire Chronicles, is the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite Mary's poverty. Only the doctor knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy, one that will make her acceptable to the sniffish middle class of which Frank is a card-carrying member.

Frank and Mary are two of the author's most attractive characters and, in a story that satisfies both their personal desires and the materialistic aspirations of society, Trollope has created one of his happiest novels.

The Barsetshire Chronicles include THE WARDEN, BARCHESTER TOWERS, DR. THORNE, FRAMLEY PARSONAGE, THE SMALL HOUSE AT ALLINGTON and THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781103585595
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815- 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.

Simon Dentith is a former President of the British Association for Victorian Studies, and he has published widely on nineteenth-century topics. He is the editor of Trollope's Phineas Finn in Oxford World's Classics, and his books include Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2006).

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Doctor Thorne is the third of the six highly popular Chronicles of Barsetshire

In many ways Doctor Thorne is Trollope's ideal character - human, reticent, stern and honourable. He has the strength to stand up to the destructive prejudices and fears of mid-Victorian society but at the same time does not abandon its traditional values.

Doctor Thorne is about the problem of an unsuitable marriage. Shall young Frank Gresham, heir to a great impoverished estate, marry the penniless Mary Thorne? Shall Doctor Thorne, her uncle, disclose that she may herself become heiress to a huge fortune? In the anxieties of honest people who behave without heroics; in the gentle satire with which great persons are described; and in the pleasant humour which pervades the book, Trollope reveals the subtlety which is so characteristic of his novels.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Doctor Thorne

    It is not as economically told as THE WARDEN, not as discursive (or laugh-out-loud hilarious) as BARCHESTER TOWERS. Instead it has balance and energy and the characters fairly sparkle, especially the "good" romantic hero and heroine. We are used to allowing the novelist a boring romantic interest, as long as we're given other pleasures along the way; but Frank and Mary may just be the most fun personalities in their own story. No mean feat, as any reader knows, the creation of virtuous characters who are also sharp and amusing enough to carry their weight. Frank's quasi-courtship of Miss Dunstable, the delightful if ugly "oil of Lebanon" heiress, is a brilliant stroke, and the happy ending is (very carefully) not reached until Frank has proven himself worthy of it.
    You feel in such good hands with Trollope. Nothing too awful will happen to anyone, at least not without much warning, and all the deserving characters will get their heart's desire. It's like sitting down after a good dinner over brandy with a friend who is incomparably witty, candid, and good-natured. It might, literarily speaking, be fluff, after all; but it's fluff raised to an art form.
    It's impossible to imagine a novel more completely entertaining than DR THORNE. You know from almost the first page how the plot will conclude, but the getting there is delicious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 7, 2014

    OIIII!

    Welcome to The Thorne RolePlaaay! With Awesomeness Included! Derrpp!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Fabulous

    Like all of Trollope, it takes no time to get "into" this book. In no way do you have to "get through" any pages to be taken up by the story. There is one trait of Trollope that might not be everyone's cup of tea, his taking of the reader into his confidence. He breaks down the fourth wall and tells you, the reader, that he is telling this story and that he is choosing which characters will figure most prominently. (This is similar to the movie "Tom Jones' in which the characters turn to the camera and the viewer joins the character's take on whatever is going on in the scene.)
    Trollope does this in all his books and I find it a very likable trait. I like the fact that the author feels confident enough to take me into his confidence and tell me how he is thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Good!

    Except the fact that the main female protagonist gets rich in such a short duration following the quick deaths of her uncle and cousin, everything else is handled very well. Having observed this limitation the writer succeeds in keep the reader engrossed in the plot throughout this moderately big book. There are few bumps on the way but its possible to read the book in 2 days and immensely enjoy it, this itself is a fete and very few writers have then or since able to achieve the same.

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