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Barchester Towers, published in 1857, is the 2nd novel in Anthony Trollope’s series known as the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. It follows on from The Warden, set some years later, with some of the same characters. Among other things it satirises the then raging antipathy in the Church of England between High Church and Evangelical adherents. Trollope began writing this book in 1855. He wrote constantly, and made himself a writing-desk so he could continue writing while travelling by train. “Pray know that when a man begins writing a book he never gives over,” he wrote in a letter during this period. “The evil with which he is beset is as inveterate as drinking – as exciting as gambling.” And, years later in his autobiography, he observed “In the writing of Barchester Towers I took great delight. The bishop and Mrs. Proudie were very real to me, as were also the troubles of the archdeacon and the loves of Mr. Slope.” But when he submitted his finished work, his publisher, William Longman, initially turned it down, finding much of it to be full of “vulgarity and exaggeration”. More recent critics offer a more sanguine opinion. “Barchester Towers is many readers’ favourite Trollope”, wrote The Guardian, which included it in its list of “1000 novels everyone must read”. Barchester Towers concerns the leading clergy of the cathedral city of Barchester. The much loved bishop having died, all expectations are that his son, Archdeacon Grantly, will succeed him. Instead, owing to the passage of the power of patronage to a new Prime Minister, a newcomer, the far more Evangelical Bishop Proudie, gains the see. His wife, Mrs Proudie, exercises an undue influence over the new bishop, making herself as well as the bishop unpopular with most of the clergy of the diocese. Her interference to veto the reappointment of the universally popular Mr Septimus Harding (protagonist of Trollope’s earlier novel, The Warden) as warden of Hiram’s Hospital is not well received, even though she gives the position to a needy clergyman, Mr Quiverful, with 14 children to support. Now listen on… Summary by Wikipedia
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chapter 18 of Barchester towers by Anthony Trollope this LibriVox recording is in the public domain recording by Nick Whitley Perley united kingdom chapter 18 the widow's persecution early on the following morning mr. sloop was summoned to the bishops dressing room and went there fully expecting that he should find his lordship very indignant and spirited up by his wife to repeat the rebuke which she had administered on the previous day mr. slope and resolved but at any rate from him he would not stand it and entered the dressing room in rather a combative disposition but he found the bishop in the most Placid and gentlest of humors his lordship complained of being rather unwell had a slight headache and was not quite the thing in his stomach but there was nothing the matter with his temper Oh slope said he taking the chaplains proffered hand Archdeacon Grantley is to call on me this morning and I really am not fit to see him I fear I must trouble you to see him for me and then dr. proudiy proceeded to explain what it was that must be said to dr. grant Lee he was to be told in fact in the Civil List words in which the tidings could be conveyed that mr. Harding having refused the warden ship the appointment had been offered to mr. cuivre fall and accepted by him mr. slope again pointed out to his patron that he thought he was perhaps not quite wise in his decision and thus he did sotto voce but even with this precaution it was not safe to say much and during the little that he did say the bishop made a very slight but still very ominous gesture with his thumb towards the door which opened from his dressing room to some inner sanctuary Messner slope at once took the hint and said no more but he perceived that there was to be confidence between him and his patron but the league desired by him was to be made and that this appointment of mr. quiver for was to be the last sacrifice offered on the altar of conjugal obedience all this mr. slope read in the slight motion of the bishops thumb and he read it correctly there was no need of parchments and seals of attestations explanations and professions the bargain was understood between them and mr. slope gave the bishop his hand upon it the bishop understood of the little extra squeeze and an intelligible gleam of a cent twinkled in his eye pray be civil to the Archdeacon mr. sloop said he out loud but make him quite understand that in this matter mr. Harding has put it out of my power to oblige him it would be a calumny on mrs. proudiy to suggest that she was sitting in her bedroom with her ear at the keyhole during this interview she had within her the spirit of decorum which prevented her from descending to such baseness to put her ear to a keyhole or to listen at a chink was a trick for a housemaid this is proud he knew this and therefore did not do it but she stationed herself as near to the door as she well cooled but she might have possible get the advantage which the housemaid would have had without descending to the housemaids artifice it was little however that she heard and that little was only sufficient to deceive her she saw nothing of that friendly pressure perceived nothing of that concluded bargain she did not even dream of the treacherous resolves which those two false men had made together to upset her in the pride of her station – – the cup from her lip before she had drunk of it to sweep away all her power before she had tasted its sweets traitors that they were the husband of her bosom and the outcast who she had fostered and brought to the warmth of the world's brightest fireside but neither of them had the magnanimity of this woman though two men have thus leaked themselves together against her even yet the battle is not lost mr. slope felt pretty sure that dr. grant Lee would decline the honor of seeing him and such turned out to be the case the Archdeacon when the palace door was opened to him was greeted by a note mr. slave prevented his compliments etc etc the bishop was ill in his room and very greatly regretted etc etc mr. slope had been charged with the bishops views and if agreeable to the Archdeacon would do himself the honor etc etc the Archdeacon however was not agreeable and having read his note in the hall crumpled it up in his hand and muttering something about sorrow for his Lordships illness took his leave without sending as much as a verbal message in answer to mr. slopes note evil said the Archdeacon to himself as he flung himself into his room the man is absolutely Oh what he is afraid to see me ill indeed the Archdeacon was never ill himself and did not therefore understand that anyone else could in truth be prevented by illness from keeping an appointment he regarded all such excuses as subterfuges and in the present instance he was not far wrong dr. grant lead is hard to be driven to his father-in-law's lodgings in the High Street and hearing from the servant that mr. Harding was at his daughter's followed him to mrs. Bowles house and there found him the Archdeacon was fuming with rage when he got into the drawing room and had by this time nearly forgotten the pusillanimous of the bishop in the villainy of the chaplain that said he throwing mr. slopes crumpled note to mr. Harding and to be told to have the honour of seeing mr. sloop and that too after a positive engagement with the bishop but he says said mr. Harding oh don't mean to say that you are deceived by such an excuses that he was well enough yesterday now I tell you what I will see the bishop and I will tell him also very plainly what I think of his conduct I will see him or else Barchester will soon be too hot to hold him N&R was sitting in the room but dr. Brantly had hardly noticed her in his anger Ellen are now said to him with the greatest innocence I wish you had seen mr. slope dr. grant Lee because I think perhaps it might have done good the Archdeacon turned on her with almost brutal Roth had she at once owned that she had accepted mr. slope for her second husband he could hardly have felt more convinced of her belonging body and soul to the slope and prowdy party and he now did on hearing her express such a wish as this poor said the Archdeacon glaring at her and why am I to be called on to lower myself in the world's esteem and my own by coming in contact with such a man as that I have hitherto lived among gentlemen and do not mean to be dragged into other company by anybody for mr. Harding well knew what the Archdeacon meant but Elinor was as innocent as her own baby she could not understand how the Archdeacon could consider himself to be dragged into bad company by condescending to speak to mr. sloop for a few minutes when the interests of her father might be served by his doing so I was talking for a full hour yesterday to mr. sloop said she with some little assumption of dignity and I did not find myself loved it by it perhaps not said he but if you will be good enough to allow me I shall judge for myself in such matters and I tell you what Elinor it will be much better for you if you will allow yourself to be guided also by the advice of those who are your friends if you do not you will be apt to find that you have no friends left who can advise you Elinor blushed up to the roots of her hair but even now she had not the slightest idea of what was passing in the archdeacon's mind though thought of love making all love receiving had yet found its way to her heart since the death of poor John bold and if it were possible that such a thought should spring there the man must be far different from mr. sloop that could give it birth nevertheless had Ana blushed deeply for she felt she was charged with improper conduct and she did so with the more inward pain because her father did not instantly rally to her side that father for whose sake and love she had submitted to be the receptacle of mr. slopes confidence she had given a detailed account of all that had passed to her father and though he had not absolutely agreed with her about mr. slopes used touching the hospital yet he had said nothing to make her think that she had been wrong in talking to him she was far too angry to Humble herself before her brother-in-law indeed she had never accustomed herself to be very abject before him and they had never been confidential allies I do not the least understand what you mean dr. grant Lee said she I do not know that I can accuse myself of doing anything that my friends should disapprove mr. slope called here expressly to ask what purpose wishes were about the hospital and as I believe he called with friendly intentions I told him friendly intentions sneered the Archdeacon I believe you greatly wrong mr. slope continued Elinor but I have explained this – papa already and as you do not seem to approve of what I say dr. Brantly I will with your permission leave you and Papa together so saying she walked slowly out of the room all this made mr. Harding very unhappy it was quite clear that the Archdeacon and his wife had made up their minds that Eleanor was going to marry mr. slope mr. Harding could not really bring himself to think that she would do so but yet he could not deny that circumstances made it appear that the man's company was not disagreeable to her she was now constantly seeing him and yet she received visits from no other unmarried gentleman she always took his part when his conduct was canvassed although she was aware how personally objectionable he was to her friends and again mr. Harding felt that if she should choose to become mrs. sloped he had nothing that he could just Li urge against her doing so she had full rights to please herself and he as a father could not say that she would disgrace herself by marrying a clergyman who stood so well before the world as mr. slope did as for quarreling with his daughter on account of such a marriage and separating himself from her as the Archdeacon had threatened to do that with mr. Harding would be out of the question if she should determine to marry this man he must get over his aversion as best he could his Eleanor his own old companion in their old happy home must still be the friend of his bosom the child of his heart that who would cast her off he would not if it were fated that you should have to sit in his old age at the same table with that man whom of all men he disliked the most he would meet his fate as best he might anything to him would be preferable to the loss of his daughter such being his feelings he hardly knew how to take part with Elinor against the Archdeacon or with the Archdeacon against Aaron ah it will be said that he should never have suspected her alas he never should have done so but mr. Harding was by no means of perfect character in his indecision his weakness his promise to be led by others his want of self-confidence he was very far from being perfect and then it must be remembered that such a marriage is that which the Archdeacon contemplated with disgust which we who know mr. slope so well would regard with equal disgust dick not appear so monstrous to mr. Harding because in his charity he did not hate the chaplain as the Archdeacon did and as we do he was however very unhappy when his daughter left the room and he had recourse to an old trick of his that was customary to him in his times of sadness he began playing some slow tune upon an imaginary violin cello drawing one hand slowly backwards and forwards as though he held a bow in it and modulating the Unreal chords with the other she'll marry that man as sure as two and two who make for said the practical Archdeacon I hope not I hope not said the father but if she does what can I say to her I have no right to object to him no right exclaimed dr. Brantly no right as her father he is in my own profession and for aught we know a good man – this the Archdeacon would by no means assent it was not well however to argue the case against Elinor in her own drawing-room and so they both walked forth and discussed the matter in all its bearings under the elm trees of the close mr. Harding also explained to his son-in-law what had been the purport at any rate he alleged purport of mr. Sloat's last visit to the widow he however stated that he could not bring himself to believe that mr. slope had any real anxiety such as that he had pretended I cannot forget his demeanor to myself said mr. Harding and it is not possible that his ideas should have changed so soon I see it all said the Archdeacon the sly Tartuffe he thinks to buy the daughter by providing for the father he means to show how powerful he is oh good he is and how much he is willing to do for her beau's year yes I see it all now but will be too many for him yet mr. Harding he said turning to his companion with some gravity and pressing his hand upon the others arm it would perhaps be better for you to lose the hospital and get it on such terms lose it said mr. Harding why I've lost it already I don't want it I've made up my mind to do without it I'll withdraw altogether I'll just go and write a line to the bishop and tell him that I withdraw my claim altogether nothing would have pleased him better than to be allowed to escape from the trouble and difficulty in such a manner but he was now going too fast for the Archdeacon no no no will do no such thing sent up to Grant Lee will still have the hospital I hardly doubt but that we'll have it but not by mr. sloops assistance if that be necessary we'll lose it but we'll have it spite of his teeth if we can Arobin will be a plumsted tomorrow you must come over and talk to him the two now turned into the Cathedral library which was used by the clergyman of the close as a sort of ecclesiastical club room for writing sermons and sometimes letters also for reading theological works and sometimes magazines and newspapers the theological works were not disturbed perhaps quite as often as from the appearance of the building the outside public might have been led to expect here the two allies settled on their course of action the Archdeacon wrote a letter to the bishop strongly worded but still respectful in which he put forward his father-in-law's claim to the appointment and expressed his own regret that he had not been able to see his lordship when he called of mr. sloop he made no mention whatsoever it was then settled that mr. Harding should go out to plumsted on the following day and after considerable discussion on the matter the Archdeacon proposed to ask Ellen are there also shows to withdraw her if possible from mr. sloops attentions a week or two said he may teach her what he is and while she is there she will be out of harm's a mr. slope won't come there after her eleanor was not a little surprised when her brother-in-law came back and very civilly pressed her to go out to plumsted with her father she instantly perceived that her father had been fighting her battles for her behind her back she felt thankful to him and for his sake she would not show her resentment to the Archdeacon by refusing his invitation but she could not she said go on the morrow she had an invitation to drink tea at the standards which she had promised to accept she would she added go with her father on the next day if he would wait or she would follow him the Stanhope's said dr. grant Lee I did not know you were so intimate with them I did not know it myself said she till miss Stan AB called yesterday however I liked her very much and I have promised to go and play chess with some of them Herveaux a party there said the Archdeacon still fearful of mr. sloop oh no said Edna miss Stan absurd there was to be nobody at all but she had heard that Mary had left me for a few weeks and she had learnt from someone that I play chess and so she came over on purpose to ask me to go in oh well that's very friendly said the ex warden they certainly do look more like foreigners than English people but I dare say they are none the worse for that the Archdeacon was inclined to look upon the stand-ups with favorable eyes and had nothing to object on the matter it was therefore arranged that mr. Harding should postpone his visit to plumsted for one day and then take with him Elinor the baby and the nurse mr. sloop is certainly becoming of some importance in Barchester end of chapter 18 recording by Nick Whitley Pearlie United Kingdom chapter 19 of Barchester towers by Anthony Trollope this LibriVox recording is in the public domain recording my Nick Whitley Perley united kingdom chapter 19 Barchester by moonlight there was much calls for grief and occasional perturbation of spirits in the stand-up family but yet they rarely seemed to be grieved or to be disturbed it was the peculiar gift of each of them that each was able to bear his or her own burden without complaint and perhaps without sympathy they habitually looked on the sunny side of the wall if there was a gleam on either side for them to look at if there was none they endured the shade with an indifference which if not stoical answered the end at which the Stoics aimed old stan up could not but feel that he had ill performed his duties as a father and a clergyman and could hardly look forward to his own death without grief at the position in which he would leave his family his income for many years had been as high as three thousand pounds a year and yet they had among them no other provision than their mother's fortune of ten thousand pounds he had not only spent his income but was in debt yet with all this he seldom showed much outward sign of trouble it was the same with the mother if she added little to the pleasures of her children she detracted still less she neither grumbled at a lot nor spoke much of her past or future sufferings as long as she had a maid to adjust her dress and had those dresses well made nature with her was satisfied it was the same with the children Charlotte never rebuked her father with the prospect of their future poverty nor did it seem to grieve her that she was becoming an old maid so quickly her temper was rarely ruffled and if we might lunch by her appearance she was always happy the Senora was not so sweet tempered but she possessed much enduring courage she seldom complained never indeed to her family though she had a cause for affliction which would have utterly broken down the heart of most women as beautiful as she and as devoid of all religious support yet she bore her suffering in silence all alluded to it only to elicit the sympathy and stimulate the admiration of the men with whom she flirted asta Bertie one would have imagined from the sound of his voice and the gleam of his eye that he had not a sorrow nor a care in the world nor had he he was incapable of anticipating tomorrow's griefs the prospect of future want no more disturbed his appetite than does that of the butcher's knife disturbed the appetite of the sheep such was the usual tenor of their way but there were rare exceptions occasionally the father would allow an angry glance to fall from his eye and the lion would send forth a low dangerous roar as though he meditated some deed of blood occasionally also Madame Neroni would become bitter against mankind more than usually antagonistic to the world's decencies it would seem as though she was about to break from her moorings and allow herself to be carried forth by the tide of her feelings to utter ruin and shipwreck she however like the rest of them had no real feelings could feel no true passion in that was her security before she resolved on any contemplated escapades she would make a small calculation and generally summed up that the span of villa or Eton Barchester close was better than the world at large they were most irregular in their hours the father was generally the earliest in the breakfast parlor and Charlotte would soon follow and give him his coffee but the others breakfasted anywhere anyhow and at any time on the morning after the archdeacon's futile visit to the palace dr. Stanhope came downstairs with an ominously dark look about his eyebrows his white locks were rougher than usual and he breezed thickly and loudly as he took his seat in his armchair he had open letters in his hand and when Charlotte came into the room he was still reading them she went up and kissed him as was hug want but he hardly noticed her as she did so and she knew at once that something was the matter what's the meaning of that said he throwing over the table a letter with a Milan postmark Charlotte was a little frightened as she took it up but her mind was relieved when she saw that it was merely the bill of their italian milliner the sum total was certainly large but not so large as to create an important Rao it's for our clothes Papa for six months before we came here the three of us can't dress for nothing you know nothing indeed said he looking at the figures which in Milanese denominations were certainly monstrous the man should have sent it to me said Charlotte I wish he had with all my heart if you would have paid it I see enough in it to know that three-quarters of it are for Madeleine she has little else to amuse her sir said Charlotte with true good nature and I suppose he has nothing else to amuse him said the doctor throwing over another letter to his daughter it was from some member of the family of Cydonia and politely requested the father to pay a small trifle seven hundred pounds being the amount of a bill discounted in favor of mr. Ethelbert Stanhope and now overdue for a period of nine months Charlotte read the letter slowly folded it up and put it under the edge of the tea tray I suppose he has nothing to amuse him but discounting bills with Jews does he think I'll pay that I am sure he thinks no such thing said she and who does he think will pay it as far as honesty goes I suppose it won't much matter if it is never paid said she I dare say he got very little of it I suppose it won't much matter either said the father if he goes to prison and rots there it seems to me that that's the other alternative doctor stanner spoke of the custom of his youth but his daughter though she had lived so long abroad was much more completely versed in the ways of the English world if the man arrests him said she he must go through the court it is thus foul great family of Cydonia it is thus that we Gentiles treat thee when in our extremist need thou and thine have aided us with mountains of gold as big as lions and occasionally with wine warrants and orders the dozens of dressing cases what and become an insolvent said the doctor he is that already said Charlotte wishing always to get over a difficulty water condition said the doctor for the son of a clergyman of the Church of England I don't see why clergyman sons should pay the debts more than other young men said Charlotte he is had as much from me since he left school as his held sufficient for the eldest son of many M nobleman said the angry father well sir said Charlotte give him another chance what said the doctor do you mean that I am to pay that Jew oh no I wouldn't pay him he must take his chance and if the worst comes to the worst Bertie must go abroad but I want you to be civil to Bertie and let him remain here as long as we stop he has a plan in his heads that may put him on his feet after all as he any plan for following up his profession oh he'll do that too but that must follow he's thinking of getting married just at that moment the door opened and Bertie came in whistling the doctor immediately devoted himself to his egg and allowed Bertie to whistle himself round to his sister's side without noticing him Charlotte gave a sign to him with her eye first glancing at her father and then of the letter the corner of which peeped out from under the tea tray Bertie saw and understood and with the quiet motion of a cat he abstracted the letter and made himself acquainted with its contents the doctor however had seen him deep as he appeared to be merged in his eggshell and said in his harshest voice well sir do you know that gentleman yes sir said Bertie I have a sort of acquaintance with him but none that can justify him in troubling you if you will allow me sir I will answer this at any rate I shan't said the father and then he added after a pause is it true that you owe the man seven hundred pounds where Oh said Bertie I think I should be inclined to dispute the amount if I were in a condition to pay him such of it as I really do owe him as he your bill for seven hundred pounds said the father speaking very loudly and very angrily well I believe he has said Bertie but all the money I ever got from him was 150 pounds and what became of the five hundred 50y sir the commission was a hundred pounds or so and I took the remainder in paving stones and rocking horses paving stones and rocking horses said the doctor where are they Oh sir I suppose they are in London somewhere but I'll inquire if you wish for them he is an idiot said the doctor and it's sheer folly to waste more money on him nothing can save him from ruin and so saying the unhappy father walked out of the room would the governor like to have the paving stones said Bertie to his sister I'll tell you what said she if you don't take care you will find yourself loosed upon the world without even a house of your head you don't know him as well as I do he is very angry Bertie's stroked his big beard said tis T chatted over his misfortunes in a half comic half serious tone and ended by promising his sister that he would do his very best to make himself agreeable to the widow bold then Charlotte followed her father to his own room softened down his wrath and persuaded him to say nothing more about the Jew Bill discounters at any rate for a few weeks he even went so far as to say it would pay the seven hundred pounds or at any rate settle the bill if he saw a certainty of his son's securing for himself anything like a decent provision in life nothing was said openly between them about poor N&R but the father and the daughter understood each other they all met together in the drawing-room at nine o'clock in perfect good humour with each other and about that hour mrs. bold was announced she had never been in the house before though she had of course called and now she felt it strange to find herself there in her usual evening dress entering the drawing-room of these strangers in this friendly unceremonious way as though she had known them all her life but in three minutes they made her at home Charlotte tripped downstairs and took her bonnet from her and Bertie came to relieve her from her shawl and the signora smiled on her as she could smile when she chose to be gracious and the old doctor shook hands with her in a kind benedictory manner that went to her heart at once and made her feel that he must be a good man she had not been seated for about five minutes when the door again opened and mr. sloop was announced she felt rather surprised because she was told that nobody was to be there and it was very evident from the manner of some of them that mr. slope was not unexpected but still there was not much in it in such invitations a bachelor or two more or less are always spoken of as nobodies and there was no reason why mr. slope should not drink tea at dr. standards as well as Elinor herself he however was very much surprised and not very much gratified at finding that his own embryo spouse made one of the party he had come there and to gratify himself by gazing on Madame Maroni's beauty and listening to and returning her flattery and though he had not owned as much to himself he still felt that if he spent the evening as he had intended to do he might probably not thereby advance his suit with mrs. bold the signora who had no idea of arrival received mr. sloped with her usual remarks of distinction as he took her hand she made some confidential communication to him in a low voice declaring that she had a plan to communicate to him off duty and was evidently prepared to go on with her work of reducing the chaplain to a state of captivity poor mr. fluke was rather beside himself he thought that Annan good not but have learnt from his demeanor that he was an admirer of her own and he had also flattered himself that the idea was not unacceptable to her what would she think of him if he now all devoted himself to a married woman but Eleanor was not inclined to be severe in her criticisms on him in this respect and felt no annoyance of any kind when she found herself seated between Bertie and Charlotte stand up she had no suspicion of mr. slopes intentions she had no suspicion even of the suspicion of other people but still she felt well pleased not to have mr. sloop too near to her and she was not ill pleased to have Bertie stand up near her it was rarely indeed that he failed to make an agreeable impression on strangers with a bishop indeed who thought much of his own dignity it was possible that he might fail but hardly with a young and pretty woman he possessed the tact of becoming instantly intimate with women without giving rise to any fear of impertinence he had about him somewhat of the propensity zuv a chained cat it seemed quite natural that he should be petted caressed and treated with familiar good nature and that in return he should purr and be sleek and graceful and above all never show his claws like other tame cats however he had his claws and sometimes made them dangerous when tea was over Charlotte went to the open window and declared loudly that the full Harvest Moon was much too beautiful to be disregarded and called them all to look at it to tell the truth there was but one there who cared much about the moon's beauty and that one was not Charlotte but she knew how valuable an aid to her purpose the chaste goddess might become and could easily create a little enthusiasm for the purpose of the moment Eleanor and Bertie were soon with her the doctor was now quiet in his armchair and mrs. Stanner in hers both prepared for slumber are you a Hewell light or a brewster right or atta'ama' night mrs. bold said Charlotte who knew a little about everything and had read about a third of each of the books to which she alluded Oh said Elinor I have not read any of the books but I feel sure that there is one man in the moon at least if not more you don't believe in the pulpy gelatinous matter said Bertie I heard about that said Ilona and I really think it's almost wicked to talk in such a manner how can we argue about God's power in the other stars from the laws which he has given for our rule in this one Oh indeed said Bertie why shouldn't there be a race of salamanders in Venus and even if there be nothing but fish in Jupiter why shouldn't the fish there he is wide awake as the men and women here that would be saying very little for them said Charlotte I am for dr. woul myself for I do not think that men and women are worse being repeated in such countless worlds there may be souls in other stars but I doubt they're having any bodies attached to them but come mrs. bold let us put our bonnets on and walk round the close if we are to discuss side aerial questions we shall do so much better under the towers of the Cathedral than stuck in this narrow window mrs. bold made no objection and a party was made to walk out Charlotte's tan up well knew the rule as to free being no Burnie and she had therefore to induce her sister to allow mr. sloop to accompany them come mr. sloop she said I'm sure you'll join us we shall be in again in a quarter of an hour Madeline Madeline red in her eye all that she had to say knew her object and as she had to depend on her sister for so many of her amusements she felt that she must yield it was hard to be left alone while others of her own age walked out to feel the soft influence of the bright night but it would be harder still to be without the sort of sanction which Charlotte gave to all her flirtations and intrigues Charlotte's I told her that she must give up just at present for the good of the family and so Madeline obeyed but Charlotte sighs said nothing of the thought to mr. Sloane he had no objection at all to the taint her tent with the Senora which the departure of the other three would allow him and gently with burned to her I shall not leave oh yes said she go prego prego for my sake do not think that I am so selfish it is understood that nobody is kept within for me you will understand this too when you know me better pray join the mr. slope but when you come in speak to me for five minutes before you leave us mr. slope under storm that he was to go and heal a fall joined the party in the hall he would have had no objection at all to this arrangement if he could have secured mrs. Bulls arm but this of course was out of the question indeed his fate was very soon settled for no sooner had he reached the hall door then miss Tanner put her hand within his arm and Bertie walked off with an honor just as naturally as though she were already his own property and so they sauntered forth first they walked round the close according to that avowed intent then they went under the old arched gateway Veloz and cath Bert's little Church and then they turned behind the grounds of the Bishop's Palace and so on till they came to the bridge just at the edge of the town for which passers-by can look down into the gardens of Harlem's Hospital and here Charlotte and mr. slope who were in advance stopped till the other two came up to them mr. slope knew that the gable ends and old brick chimneys which stood up so prettily in the moonlight were those of mr. Harding's later bird and would not have stopped on such a spot in such company if he could have avoided it but miss Tanith would not take the hint which she tried to give this is a very pretty place mrs. bold said Charlotte by far the prettiest place near Barchester I wonder your father gave it up it was a very pretty place and now by the deceitful light of the moon looked twice larger twice prettier twice more antique Lee picturesque than it would have done in truth-telling daylight who does not know the air of complex multiplicity and the mysterious interesting grace which the moon always lends to old gabled buildings half surrounded as was the hospital by fine trees as seen from the bridge on the night of which we are speaking mr. Harding's later bowed did look very lovely and though Elinor did not grieve at her father's having left it she felt at the moment an intense wish that he might be allowed to return he is going to return to it almost immediately is he not asked Bertie Elinor made no immediate reply any such a question passes unanswered without the notice of the questioner but such was not now the case they all remained silent as though expecting her to reply and after a moment or two Charlotte said I believe it is settled that mr. Harding returns to the hospital is it not I don't think anything about it is settled yet said Elinor but it must be a matter of course said Bertie that is if your father wishes it who else on earth could hold it after what is occurred Elinor quietly made her companion understand that the matter was one which she could not discuss in the present company and then they passed on Charlotte said she would go a short way up the hill out of the town so as to look back upon the towers of the Cathedral and as Elinor leant upon Bertie's arm for assistance in the walk she told him how the matter stood between her father and the bishop and he said Bertie pointing on to mr. slope what part is he taking it Alanna explained how mr. slope had at first endeavored to tyrannize over her father but how he had latterly come round undone all he could to talk the bishop over in mr. Harding's favour but my father she said is hardly inclined to trust him they all say he is so arrogant to the old clergyman of the city take my word for it said Bertie your father is right if I am not very much mistaken that man is both arrogant and false they strode up to the top of the hill and then returned through the fields by a footpath which leads by a small wooden bridge or rather a plank with a rustic rail to it over the river to the other side of the Cathedral from that at which they had started they had thus walked round the Bishop's grounds through which the river runs and round the cathedral and adjacent fields and it was past eleven before they reached the doctor's door it is very late said Eleanor it will be ashamed to disturb your mother again at such an hour Oh said Charlotte laughing you won't disturb mama I dare say she is in bed by this time and Madeline would be furious if you did not come in and see her come Bertie take mrs. Bowles bonnet from her they went upstairs and found the signora alone reading she looked somewhat sad and melancholy but not more so perhaps than was sufficient to excite additional interest in the bosom of mr. sloop and she was soon deep in whispered intercourse with that happy gentleman who was allowed to find a resting place on her sofa the signora had a way of whispering that was peculiarly her own and was exactly the reverse of that which prevails among great tragedians the great tragedian hisses out of positive whisper made with baited breath and produced by in articulated tongue formed sounds but yet he is audible through the whole house the signora however used no hisses and produced all her words in a clear silvertone but they could only be heard by the ear into which they were pulled Charlotte hurried and scattered about the wrong hither and thither doing or pretending to do many things then saying something about seeing her mother ran upstairs Elinor was thus left alone with Bertie and she hardly felt an hour fly by her to give Bertie his due credit he could not have played his cards better he did not make love to her nor sigh nor look languishing but he was amusing and familiar yet respectful and when he left Elinor at her own door at one o'clock which he did by the by with the assistance of the now real a slump she thought that he was one of the most agreeable men and the stan ups decidedly the most agreeable families that she had ever met end of chapter 19 recording by Nick Whitley Pearlie United Kingdom chapter 20 of Barchester towers by Anthony Trollope this LibriVox recording is in the public domain recording by Nick Whitley Perley united kingdom chapter 20 mr. Arobin the Rev francis arab in fellow of lazarus late professor of poetry at oxford and present vicar of sant a walled in the Diocese of bar Chester must now be introduced personally to the reader he is worthy of a new volume and as he will fill a conspicuous place in it it is desirable that he should be made to stand before the readers I by the aid of such portraiture but the author is able to produce it is to be regretted that no mental method of daguerreotype or photography has yet been discovered by which the characters of man can be reduced to writing and put into grammatical language with an unerring precision of truthful description how often does the novelist feel I and the historian also and the biographer that he has conceived within his mind and accurately depicted on the tablet of his brain the full character and personage of a man and that nevertheless when he flies to pen and ink to perpetuate the portrait his words forsake allude disappoint and play the juice with him till at the end of a dozen pages the man described has no more resemblance to the man conceived than the signboard at the corner of the street as to the Duke of Cambridge and yet such mechanical descriptive skill would hardly give more satisfaction to the reader than the skill of the Fatah hadass to the anxious mother desirous to possess an absolute duplicate of a beloved child the lightness is indeed true but it is a dull dead unfeeling inauspicious likeness the face is indeed there and those looking at it will know at once whose image it is but the owner of the face will not be proud of the resemblance there is no Royal Road to learning no shortcut to the acquirement of any valuable art pet photographers and daguerreotype as do what they will and improve as they may with further skill on that which skill has already done they will never achieve a portrait of the human face divine let biographers novelists and the rest of us groan as we may under the burdens which we so often feel too heavy for our shoulders we must either their thumb up like men or own ourselves too weak for the work we have undertaken there is no way of writing well and also of writing easily labore omnia vincit in promise such should be the chosen motto of every laborer and it may be that laborer if adequately enduring may suffice at last to produce even some not untrue resemblance of the Rev Frances Arab in of his doings in the world and of the sort of Fame which he has achieved enough has been already said it has also been said that he is 40 years of age and still unmarried he was the younger son of a country gentleman of small fortune in the north of England at an early age he went to Winchester it was intended by his father for new college but those studious as a boy he was not studious within the prescribed limits and at the age of eighteen he left school with a character for talent but without a scholarship all that he had obtained over and above the advantage of his character with a gold medal for English verse and hence was derived a strong presumption on the part of his friends that he was destined to add another name to the imperishable list of English poets from Winchester he went to Oxford and was entered as a commoner at Bailey oh here his special career very soon commenced he utterly eschewed the Society of fast men gave no wine parties kept no horses rode no boats joined no rails and was the pride of his college tutor such at least was his career till he had taken his little go and then he commenced a course of action which so not less creditable to himself as a man was hardly so much to the taste of his tutor he became a member of a vigorous debating society and rendered himself remarkable there for humorous energy though always in earnest yet his earnestness was always droll to be true in his ideas answerable in his syllogisms and just in his aspirations was not enough for him he had failed failed in his own opinion as well as that of others when others came to know him if he could not reduce the arguments of his opponents to an absurdity and conquer both by wit and reason to say that his object was ever to raise a laugh would be most untrue he hated such common and unnecessary evidence of satisfaction on the part of his hearers the jokes that required to be laughed at was with him not worth uh Turing he could appreciate by a keener sense than that of his ears the success of his wit and would see in the eyes of his auditors whether or no he was understood and appreciated he had been a religious lad before he left school that is had addicted himself to a party in religion and having done so had received that benefit which most men do who become partisans in such a cause we are much too apt to look at schism in our church as an unmitigated evil moderate schism if there may be such a thing but any rate calls attention to the subject drove in supporters who would otherwise have been inattentive to the matter and teaches men to think upon religion how great an amount of good of this description has followed that movement in the Church of England which commenced with the publication of frowns remains as a boy young an urban took up the controls on the side of the tracked Aryans and at Oxford he sat for a while at the feet of the great Newman to this calls he leant all his faculties for it he concocted verses for it he made speeches for it he scintillated the brightest sparks of his quiet which for it he ate and drank and dressed and had his being in due process of time he took his degree and wrote himself be a but he did not do so with any remarkable amount of academically class he had occupied himself too much with high church matters and the polemics politics and outward demonstrations usually concurrent with high church mention to devote himself with sufficient vigor to the acquisition of a double first he was not a double first nor even a first-class man but he revenged himself on the university by putting first and double firsts out of fashion for the year and laughing down a species of pedantry which at the age of 23 leaves no room in a man's mind for graver subjects than conic sections or Greek accents Greek accents however and conic sections were esteemed necessaries at Bailey ole and there was no admittance there for mr. Arobin within the list of its fellows Lazarus however the richest and most comfortable abode of Oxford Don's opened its bosom to the young champion of a church militant mr. Arobin was ordained and became a fellow soon after taking his degree and shortly after that was chosen professor of poetry and now came the moment of his great danger after many mental struggles and an agony of doubt which may be well surmised the great prophet of the tract Aryans confessed himself a Roman Catholic mr. Newman left the Church of England and with him carried many a waverer he did not carry off mr. Arobin but the escape which that gentleman had was a very narrow one he left Oxford for a while but he might meditate in complete peace on the step which appeared to him to be all but unavoidable and shut himself up in a little village on the seashore of one of our remotest counties that he might learn by communing with his own soul whether or no he could with a safe conscience remain within the pale of his mother church things would have gone badly with him there had he been left entirely to himself everything was against him all his worldly interests required him to remain a Protestant and he looked on his worldly interests as a legion of foes to get the battle whom was a point of extremist honor in his then state of ecstatic agony such a conquest would have cost him little he could easily have thrown away all his livelihood but it cost him much to get over the idea that by choosing the Church of England he should be open in his own mind to the charge that he had been led to such a choice by unworthy motives then his heart was against him he loved with a strong and eager love the man who had either to been his guide and yearned to follow his footsteps his tastes were against him the ceremonies and pumps of the Church of Rome there'll gust feasts and solemn fasts invited his imagination and pleased his eye his flesh with against him how great an aid would it be to a poor weak wavering man to be constrained to high moral duties self-denial obedience and chastity by laws which were certain in their enactments and not to be broken without loud al pible unmistakable sin then his faith was against him he required to believe so much panted so eagerly to give signs of his belief deemed it so insufficient to wash himself simply in the waters of Jordan that some great deeds such as that of forsaking everything for a true church had for him a lure man summers past withstanding mr. Arobin was at this time a very young man and when he left Oxford for his far retreat was much too confident in his powers of fence and too apt to look down on the ordinary sense of ordinary people to expect aid in the battle that he had to fight from any chance inhabitants of the spot which he had selected but providence was good to him there in that all that desolate place on the storm beach shore of that distant sea he met one who gradually calmed his mind quieted his imagination and taught him something of a Christians duty when mr. Adam in left Oxford he was inclined to look upon the rural clergyman of most English parishes almost with contempt it was his ambition should he remain within the fold of that church to do somewhat towards redeeming and rectifying their inferiority and to assist in infusing energy and faith into the hearts of Christian ministers who were as he thought too often satisfied to go through life without much show of either and yet it was from such a one that mr. Arobin in his extremist need received that aid which he's so much required it was from the poor curate of a small Cornish parish that he first learnt to know that the highest laws for the governance of a Christians duty must act from within and not from without that no man can become a serviceable servant solely by obedience to written edicts and that the safety which he was about to seek within the gates of Rome was no other than the selfish freedom from personal danger which the bad soldier attempts to gain who counterfeits illness on the eve of battle mr. Arobin returned to Oxford a humbler but a better and a happier man and from that time forth he put his shoulder to the wheel as a clergyman of the church for which he had been educated the intercourse of those among whom he familiarly lived kept him staunch to the principles of that system of the church to which she had always belonged since his severance from mr. Newman no one had had so strong an influence over him as the head of his College during the time of his expected apostasy dr. Gwynn had not felt much predisposition in favor of the young fellow though a high churchmen himself within moderate limits dr. Gwynn felt no sympathy with men who could not satisfy their face with the thirty-nine articles he regarded the enthusiasm of such as Newman for the state of mind more nearly allied to madness than to religion and when he saw it evinced by very young men he was inclined to attribute a good deal of to vanity dr. Gwyn himself though a religious man was also a thoroughly practical man of the world and he regarded with no favorable eye the tenets of anyone who looked on the two things as incompatible when he found that mr. Arobin was a half Roman he began to regret all he had done towards bestowing a fellowship on so unworthy a recipient and when again he learned that mr. Arobin would probably complete his journey to Rome he regarded with some satisfaction the fact that in such case the fellowship would be again vacant when however mr. Arab in returned and professed himself a confirmed Protestant the master of Lazarus again opened his arms to him and gradually he became the pet of the college for some little time he was saturnine silent and unwilling to take any prominent part in university Broyles but gradually his mind recovered or rather made its tone and he became known as a man always ready at a moment's notice to take up the cudgels in opposition to anything that savored of an evangelical bearing he was great in sermons great on platforms rate at after-dinner conversations and always pleasant as well as great he took delight in elections served on committees opposed tooth and nail all projects of university reform and talked jovially over his glass of port of the ruin to be anticipated by the church and of the sacrilege daily committed by the wings the ordeal through which he had gone in resisting the blandishments of the lady of Rome had certainly done much towards the strengthening of his character although in small and outward matters he was self-confident enough nevertheless in things affecting the inner man he aimed at humility of spirit which would never have been attractive to him but for that visit to the coast of Cornwall this visit he now repeated every year such is an interior view of mr. Arobin at the time when he accepted the living of Santi walled exteriorly he was not a remarkable person he was above the middle height well made and very active his hair which had been jet-black was now tinged with grey but his face bore no sign of years it would perhaps be wrong to say that he was handsome but his face was nevertheless pleasant to look upon the cheekbones were rather too high for beauty and the formation of the phorid too massive and heavy but the eyes nose and mouth were perfect there was a continual play of lambent fire about his eyes which gave promise of either pathos or humor whenever he essayed to speak and that promise was rarely broken there was a gentle play about his mouth which declared that his which never descended to sarcasm and that there was no ill nature in his repartee mr. Arobin was a popular man among women but more so as a general than a special favourite living as a fellow at Oxford marriage with him had been out of the question and it may be doubted whether he had ever allowed his heart to be touched though belonging to a church in which celibacy is not the required lot of its ministers he had come to regard himself as one of those clergymen to whom to be a bachelor is almost a necessity he had never looked for parochial duty and his career at Oxford was utterly incompatible with such domestic joys as a wife and nursery he looked on women therefore in the same light that one sees them regarded by many Romish priests he liked to have near him that which was pretty and amusing but women generally will more to him than children he talked to them without putting out all his powers and listened to them without any idea that what he should hear from them could either actuate his conduct or influence his opinion such was mr. Arobin the new Vicar of Sandy Wald who is going to stay with the grantees at plumsted abyss Cabaye mr. Arobin reached plumsted the day before mr. Harding and Eleanor and the Grantley family were thus enabled to make his acquaintance and discuss his qualifications before the arrival of the other guests Griselda was surprised to find that he looked so young but she told Florinda her younger sister when they had retired for the night that he did not talk at all like a young man and she decided with the authority that seventeen have over 16 that he was not at all nice although his eyes were lovely as usual sixteen implicitly acceded to the dictum of 17 in such a matter and said that he certainly was not nice they then branched off on the relative merits of other clerical bachelors in the vicinity and both determined without any feeling of jealousy between them that a certain revel Gustus Green was by many degrees the most estimable of the lot the gentleman in question had certainly March in his favour as having a comfortable allowance from his father he could devote the whole proceeds of his curacy to violet gloves and unexceptionable neckties having thus fixedly resolved that the newcomer had nothing about him to shake the preeminence of the exalted green the two girls went to sleep in each other's arms contented with themselves and the world mrs. grant lee at first sight came to much the same conclusion about her husband's favorite as her daughter's had done though in seeking to measure his relative value she did not compare him to mr. green indeed she made no comparison by name between and anyone else but she remarked to her husband that one person swans were very often another person's geese thereby clearly showing that mr. Arobin had not yet proved his qualifications in Swan horn to her satisfaction world Susan said he rather offended at hearing his friend spoken of so disrespectfully if you take mr. Arobin for a goose i cannot say that i think very highly of your discrimination a goose no of course he's not a goose I've no doubt he is a very clever man but you're so matter-of-fact Archdeacon when it suits your purpose that one can't trust oneself to any Phaethon de Polly I've no doubt mr. Arobin is a very valuable man at Oxford earned that he'll be a good vicar it's an Ewald all I mean is that having passed one evening with him I don't find him to be absolutely a paragon in the first place if I am not mistaken he is a little inclined to be conceited of all the men that I know intimately said the Archdeacon bourbon is in my opinion the most free from any taint of self conceit his fault is that he's too diffident perhaps so said the lady only I must own I did not fight it out this evening nothing further was said about him dr. grant Lee thought that his wife was abusing mr. urban merely because he had praised him and mrs. grant Lee knew that it was useless arguing for or against any person in favour of or in opposition to whom the Archdeacon had already pronounced a strong opinion in truth they were both right mr. Arobin was a diffident man in social intercourse with those whom he did not intimately know when placed in situations which it was his business to fill and discussing matters with which it was his duty to be conversant mr. Arobin was from habit brazen-faced enough when standing on a platform in Exeter Hall no man would be less mazed than he by the eyes of the crowd before him but such was the work which his profession had called on him to perform but he shrank from a strong expression of opinion in general society and his doing so not uncommonly he made it appear that he considered the company not worth the trouble of his energy he was averse to dictate when the place did not seem to him to justify dictation as those subjects on which people wished to hear him speak were such as he was accustomed to treat with decision he generally shunned the traps that were laid to a lure him into discussion and by doing so not infrequently subjected himself to such charges as those brought against him by mrs. grant Lee mr. Arobin as he sat at his open window enjoying the delicious moonlight and gazing at the great hours of the church which stood almost within the rectory grounds little dreamt that he was the subject of so many friendly or unfriendly criticisms considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill naturedly of us and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so it is hardly too much to say that we all of us occasionally speak of our dearest friends in a manner in which those dearest friends would very little like to hear themselves mentioned and that we nevertheless expect that our dearest friends shall invariably speak of us but though they were blind to all our faults but keenly alive to every shade of our virtues it did not occur to mr. a Durbin that he was spoken of at all it seemed to him when he compared himself with his hulls that he was a person of so little consequence to any is that he was worth no one's words or thoughts he was utterly alone in the world as regarded domestic ties and those inner familiar relations which are hardly possible between others than husbands and wives parents and children or brothers and sisters he had often discussed with himself the necessity of such bonds for a man's happiness in this world and had generally satisfied himself with the answer that happiness in this world is not a necessity herein he deceived himself or rather tried to do so he like others yearned for the enjoyment of whatever he saw enjoyable and though he attempted with the modern stoicism of so many Christians to make himself believe that joy and sorrow were matters which here should be held as perfectly indifferent these things were not indifferent to him he was tired of his Oxford rooms and his college life he regarded the wife and children of his friend with something like envy he all but coveted the pleasant drawing-room with it's pretty windows opening onto lawns and flowerbeds the apparel of the comfortable house and above all the air of home which encompassed it all it will be said that no time can have been so fitted for such desires on his part as this when he had just possessed himself of our country parish of a living among fields and gardens of a house which wife would grace it is true there was a difference between the opulence of Plumstead and the modest economy of Santee walled but surely mr. Arobin was not a man to sigh after wealth of all men his friends would have unanimously declared he was the last to do so but how little friends knoweth in his period of stoical rejection of this world's happiness he had cast from him as utter dross all anxiety as to fortune he had as it were proclaimed himself to be indifferent to promotion and those who chiefly admired his talents and would mainly have exerted themselves to secure to them their deserved reward had taken him at his word and now if the truth must out he felt himself disappointed disappointed not by them but by himself the daydream of his youth was over and at the age of forty he felt that he was not fit to work in the spirit of an apostle he had mistaken himself and learned his mistake when it was past remedy he had professed himself indifferent miters and diaconal residences to rich livings unpleasant gleb's and now he had to own to himself that he was sighing for the good things of other men on whom in his pride he had ventured to look down not for wealth in its vulgar sentence said the other side not for the enjoyment of rich things had he ever longed but for the allotted share of worldly bliss which a wife and children and happy home could give him for that usual amount of comfort which he had ventured to reject as unnecessary for him he did now feel that he would have been wiser to have searched he knew that his talents his position and his friends would have won for him promotion had he put himself in the way of winning it instead of doing so he had allowed himself to be persuaded to accept a living which would give him an income of some three hundred pounds a year should he by marrying throw up his fellowship such at the age of forty was the worldly result of labour which the world had chosen to regard as successful the world also thought that mr. Arobin was in his own estimation sufficiently paid alas alas the world was mistaken and mr. Arobin was beginning to ascertain that such was the case and here may I beg the reader not to be hard in his judgment upon this man is not the state at which he has arrived the natural result of efforts to reach that which is not the condition of humanity it's not modern stoicism although it beyond Christianity as great an outrage on human nature as was the stoicism of the Ancients the philosophy of Zeno was built on true laws but on true laws misunderstood and therefore miss applied it is the same with our Stoics here who would teach us that wealth and worldly comfort and happiness on earth are not worth the search alas for a doctrine which confined no believin pupils and no true teachers the case of mr. Arobin was the more singular as he belonged to a branch of the Church of England well inclined to regard its temporalities with a vowed favour and had habitually lived with men who were accustomed to much worldly comfort but such was his idiosyncrasies that these very facts had produced within him in early life a state of mind that was not natural to him he was content to be a high churchmen if he could be so on principles of his own and could strike out a course showing a marked difference from those with whom he consorted he was ready to be a partisan as long as he was allowed to have a course of action and of thought unlike that of his party his party had indulged him he began to feel that his party was right and himself wrong just when such a conviction was too late to be of service to he discovered when such discovery was no longer serviceable that it would have been worth his while to have worked for the usual pay assigned to work in this world and have earned a wife and children with a carriage for them to sit in to have earned a pleasant dining room in which his friends could drink his wine and the power of walking up the high street of his country town with the knowledge that all its tradesmen would have gladly welcomed him within their doors other men arrived at those convictions in their start in life and so worked up to them to him they had come when they were too late to be of use it has been said that mr. Arobin was a man of pleasantry and it may be thought that such a state of mind as that described would be antagonistic to humour but surely such is not the case which is the outward mental casing of the man and has no more to do with the inner mind of thoughts and feelings than have the rich brocaded garments of the priest at the altar with the asceticism of the anchorite below them whose skin is tormented with sackcloth and whose body is half flayed with rods may well not such a one often rejoice more than any other in the rich show of his outer apparel will it not be food for his pride to feel that he groans inwardly while he shines outwardly so it is with the mental efforts which men make those which they show forth daily to the world are often the opposites of the inner workings of the spirit in the archdeacon's drawing-room mr. Arobin had sparkled with his usual unaffected brilliancy but when he retired to his bedroom he sat there sand but his open window repining within himself that he also had no wife no bands no soft sward of lawn Dulli moon for him to lie on no heard of attendant curates no bowing from the bankers clerks no rich rectory that Apostleship that he had thought of had evaded his grasp and he was now only vicar of sandy Wald's with a taste for a mitre truly he had fallen between two stools end of chapter 20 recording by Nick Whitley Pearlie United Kingdom you