The role of the narrator

I am indebted to Alan Burton for pointing out the following paragraph written by editor Geoffrey Harvey in his introduction to The Bertrams, which sums up perfectly the role of the narrator as played by Trollope in his novels:

“For many readers one of the pleasures of a Trollope novel is the relationship which is established with the narrator, who assumes terms of friendly equality, and also shared values. He functions variously as commentator, psychologist, moralist and guide to the novel’s social world.”

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