Barchester TowersBook - 1994
After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollope's masterly depiction of the plotting and back-stabbing that ensues lies at the heart of one of the most vivid and comic of his Barsetshire novels, peopled by such very different figures as the saintly Warden of Hiram's Hospital, Septimus Harding, the ineffectual but well-meaning new bishop and his terrifying wife, and the oily chaplain Mr Slope who has designs on Mr Harding's daughter.
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Why are beautiful things given to us, and luxuries and pleasant enjoyments, if they be not intended to be used? (Signora Neroni to Mr. Arabin)
Peace on earth and good-will among men, are, like heaven, promises for the future. When that prophecy is accomplished, there will no longer be any need for clergymen. (Mr. Arabin to Eleanor)
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