Mr. T. & Miss A.
Posted by Valerie Mc. on March 11, 1998 at 22:27:33:
In response to Reservations about Barchester..., written by Helen on March 11, 1998 at 13:49:54
I was thinking more of the politics of livings, residency, etc. - the kind of thing Sir Thomas, Edmund and Mary discussed. The world had changed a great deal in forty years (what with railways, women elbowing their way into public life, etc.), but the clerics were still earnestly scrambling for preferment.
As for the relation between the times of the novels - what were the Good Old Days the Mr. Harding and the conservatives mourned? What were the Bad Old Customs that John Bold and the reformers wanted to sweep aside?
Barchester Towers makes a very amusing and enlightening read, especially after reading Austen. (And as for Mrs. Proudie, my prayers are that she will live forever!)
- Mrs. Proudie Constanza 10:48:07 3/13/98 (4)
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