The Case for The Vicar of Bullhampton

Following previous nominations for the best non-series Trollope, we have the choice of Glenn Shipway who says:

“Just a whimsical notion. How does a mother choose her favourite child?”

Indeed, Glenn.

Trollope ventures onto the dangerous ground of  the “fallen” woman in this novel but the title rightly directs attention to the vicar who is the true central character around whom all the plots and sub-plots revolve. He is quite Trollopian in his pugnaciousness – willing to pick a fight with gentry figures with whose views he disagrees (reminding me in some ways of Archdeacon Grantly).

I have to feel sorry for the Primitive Methodists whose chapel was being constructed bang opposite the vicarage gates.  Whatever did they do to deserve that?

Great choice, Glenn.


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