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The Small House at Allington characters Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î The Small House at Allington is the fifth book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester series As with all of Trollope it is beautifully written and draws the reader into its many interwoven talesFormer Prime Minister John Major declared this The Small House at Allington is the fifth book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester series As with all of Trollope it is beautifully written and draws the rea. Ah me This is a most lovely series for lovers of English pastoral life and students of human nature I'm almost done with The Last Chronicle of Barset the sixth and final of the series just haven't had time to put in a review of this one the fifth yet This book was the first in the series in which I found myself wondering a couple of times if I liked it as well as the rest I found the character of Lily Dale maddening at times I completely sympathized with her creator who after completing her story found her irritating See intro to this edition Like all Trollope's other main characters she has her wonderful ualities but her perverse attachment to the pain of her loss gets frustrating I really can't say exactly what frustrated me so much as it would be a spoiler but I can say that I was completely sobbing in chapter LIV It could have been pms but it could have also been most excellent writing I suspect the latterSeriously Trollope is a master artist in creating characters Even though Mr Crosbie made the mistake of his life in his choice of a wife I ended feeling only pity and sadness for him so in the next book as well And for Johnny Eames Johnny is a hero and the way we see him grow from hobbledehoy immature young hero in the making to full fledged knight in shining armour is so well done and it's heartbreaking I loved the one sentence that described him after Trollope had taken pains to tell us that Johnny had never been thought of as a being who would ever amount to much You will declare that he must have been a fool and a coward Yet he could read and understand Shakespeare 148 Does that speak well for him I think so And yet he has his faults as well and we still adore him and may even love him for them which is the genius of TrollopeI have come to realize that by far my reviews fall short in probably convincing anyone to read these old books because I mainly put things in that I loved purely for my own pleasure and so I myself remember what I loved about the book I never do summaries I figure you can read that bit on goodreads But I do find myself wanting people to have a good reason if they trust me to read something they might never otherwise pick up I'm thinking of how best to do that We'll see what happens Prepare for the soapbox here and read no further if you don’t want to hear itThis book is in main theme about misunderstanding specifically willful misunderstanding The characters skirt around each others hearts and blind themselves to true intentions and therefore miss out on much of the true joy in human relationships It is amazing to me how well these books go with what I'm reading with a summer group The Peacegiver Leadership and Self Deception The Anatomy of Peace and Bonds That Make Us Free I know it happens when you're studying a certain subject that everything you read seems to speak the same truths but this has been an enriching series to accompany that reading Personal tragedies are caused by cold hearts and blind eyes I love that these so very real characters experience these things and either choose peace or war and the outcomes those choices bring That kind of theme is universal and a part of all our lives We all need help in knowing how to choose peace and unruffle our “wounded” feathers After I finish this series I hope to put a longer review on the “complete set of the chronicles” to explain just why it’s so worth reading today when it may seem so arcane For now here’s a uestion and my answer to it Why does one pick up some of these very large very old fashioned little known today books Well in my opinion the great majority of modern popular fiction is written purely to entertain horrify titillate drain the brain satisfy our sick but very human voyeuristic tendencies relax or arouse and earn money for the author Are those always good reasons for spending our precious time with them Is reading inherently good just because we’re choosing to read instead of watch TV Do we think of ourselves when we read purely for that reason Is the maxim true “at least the kid’s reading” No matter what it is In lieu of TV or video games Is “a good story” what it’s all about Sure authors need the cash Sure relaxing and being entertained are wonderful good things The others I could do without—and sadly they are the main thing now Have we in general come so low that we have no other way to find excitement other than in those ways Have we become so insistent for a great thrill that we never feel anything unless it is from these over the top sources Is this kind of modern fiction our only resource for relaxation Are the oldies simply too hard and too much for our modern 2 second TV commercial attention spans Or are they just too out of date to matter What do we get from these old books Entertainment For sure But of a wholly different kind An uplifting soul satisfying learning experience all wrapped up in a totally beautifully light giving and rewarding package We’ve so many of us lost the ability or even the desire to go beyond pure entertainment and thrill factor And yet they are thrilling but perhaps we’ve forgotten what a beautiful thrill is as opposed to a horrific thrill Some might say that sometimes it’s just nice to be able to relax and “not use the brain” for a while some need an escape from the reality of their hard lives sometimes I’ve found myself in those exact spots many times I wouldn’t recommend anyone picking up Tolstoy or Eliot and expecting that kind of experience But I do heartily propose that our relaxing escaping reading experiences can be found in beautiful books wonderful things can feel relaxing—even if there’s no princess no magic no fairies no space travel no vampires and no grisly murders This is particularly true of old books They had of the real goods I suggest that the modern voracity for fantasy thriller mystery and romance as found in modern best selling fiction may lead to an undesirable end product ultimately a spirit dead to the really beautiful things in lifeI realize it may look as though I’m suggesting that all modern fiction is bad and all old is good Please I pray you don’t think me so simple It would be such a foolish and misleading thing for me to say I merely intend to get thoughts rolling and begin a conversation I am even aware that these old books I love were the best selling fiction of their day But I think sensibilities were different then and I think we’ve lost something

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Der into its many interwoven talesFormer Prime Minister John Major declared this particular novel to be his favourite book of all time and in doing so he. Speeding through Trollope is never wise all of his books are long drawn out performances where the various threads he weaves throughout eventually come together in the end—the characters of different social stations and statuses; the bickering families neighbors and parish members; and also the young men and women typically the latter who defy gender norms and conventions but who by the novels’ ends adhere to a Victorian readership’s expectations and satisfy their sense of closure of right made wrong of good triumphing over evilBut this is to overlook Trollope’s greatest strength as a novelist he never condemns those who have transgressed against social norms; he doesn’t join the neighbors who gossip spread rumor and cast stones In each of Trollope’s characters—both the worthy and the unworthy—we see facets of human nature and in turn we see shimmer of ourselves to be examined and never judged In short Trollope recognizes that all of us are as capable of evil as well as of good and he explores the thin line that divides what society and culture would view as extremes and which he views as humanity merely toeing the lineAs the fifth book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series The Small House at Allington casts a much smaller net than its predecessors and from what I recall from the finale that follows Whereas The Warden began the series on a somewhat tentative note almost unsure of itself or where it stood standalone book or part of a series Trollope’s ventures from Barchester Towers —the most widely read of Trollope’s novels perhaps and not a good indication of his scope as I wrote in my linked review—to Doctor Thorne and from Framley Parsonage perhaps the most successful thus far of the series; see my review there to this title show a steady progress toward the world building of the fictional Barsetshire to be sure the reader who tackles these books in order will be a much happier reader for the dipping in and out of myriad characters from previous volumes many of whose backstories Trollope takes for granted that one knows While the second through the fourth books highlight how skilled Trollope is at assembling a wide range of characters and having plots subplots and even sub subplots abound all of which intersect around a certain character or a problem usually money or marriage The Small House at Allington is much smaller in scope dealing almost solely with the same group of characters before during and after the young beautiful but immensely annoying Lily Dale is jilted by Adolphous Crosbie for a woman of rank and so he thinks money the Lady Alexandrina de Courcy In her introduction to the lovely new Oxford editions of the series Dinah Birch notes that this was the most popular of the Barsetshire books for Victorian readers it was even viewed by Trollope as such “I do not think that I have ever done better work” he wrote in An Autobiography but she does note that today the novel “divides its readers and the character of Lily Dale has always been the central point of contention” Allington's world is a much bleaker world than we see in the other Barsetshire novels characters don’t change much here; they don’t learn much in their toils or troubles; they don’t succeed triumph or mature in ways that readers of Trollope expect from his always psychologically astute characters And in some ways that is this book’s strength it categorically refuses to give readers what they expect from a novel what they have grown accustomed to expect from a certain author and as such Trollope can take liberties that he has not before While Lily Dale’s jilting is the central concern around which numerous characters revolve some of the interesting characters get a bit room in the spotlight largely because they at least set plot points in motion or slowly begin to develop and mature the “hobbledehoy” John Eames who is trying to make his way in the London world of business and busyness longing all the while for his childhood sweetheart Lily Dale; Crosbie who has won Lily’s heart but who has his own selfish desire for power and wealth in mind when he jilts her; Mrs Dale who is a fascinating study of motherhood and female power as well as restraint in dealing with widowhood bringing up two daughters alone and being forced to live off the “generosity” of her dead husband’s family; Mrs Roper who runs a boarding house in London with some uestionable tenants one of whom is her own daughter; and earls suires ladies and lords galore Unlike the previous books in the series though Trollope fails here to fully unite these refracted characters’ experiences; and as a result the novel does not read as well thought out or as well plotted as his others Indeed there are even three or four chapters on Plantagenet Palliser’s dangerous liaison with Lady Griselda Dumbello whom one will recall from earlier Barsetshire novels which seem to add nothing to the main plot here at all; Trollope was working on the Palliser series’ first book Can You Forgive Her as he was writing Allington and appears to have got some of his signals crossedI do still strongly recommend that those new to Trollope begin with his lesser known but wonderfully executed The Claverings you can read my review thereStill yet still ah still still There is nothing uite like spending a month immersed in a 600 or page Trollope It is very much like a holiday getting acuainted and reacuainted with characters; getting close to them seeing them flaws and all and being almost as nonjudgmental as the narratorauthor is about their deeds and misdeeds It opens one’s eyes to human nature in microcosm and forces one to see things in oneself that one might prefer to keep buried or cloaked in shadow Allington is very much the bridge to the finale of the series and I look forward to revisiting that before the year’s end before I take my leave of Barsetshire for the world of the Pallisers

Summary The Small House at Allington

The Small House at AllingtonWas joining the good company of the countless Trollope fans who have ensured this work's lasting fame and helped to enshrine its place as a literary class. I will begin this review with a bit of dithering about whether or not it deserves 4 or 5 stars Clearly it is a 45 starred novel in my mind with that last little bit withheld because there was something just not uite as emotionally satisfying both with the romances and their finales as I would wish Still what an absolutely enjoyable Trollope Despite the different manners and morals of the mid 19th century world he portrays I always come away from a Trollope novel with the sense that he truly understood human nature and portrayed it accurately sometimes waspishly but always lovingly His novels are studded with such wonderful observations and I love his wrysharp understated sense of humour There are actually a large number of characters in this novel but Trollope focuses the reader's interest primarily on a mother Mrs Dale and her two young adult daughters Isabella 'Bell' and Lily The three female Dales are the inhabitants of the 'Small House' at Allington which gives the novel its title The 'Big House' is owned by the Suire and brother in law to the widowed Mrs Dale Although the Suire is generous to his sister in law and nieces in some ways they are never entirely convinced of his regard especially in the case of Mrs Dale This withholding of affection causes some strain and distance between the two houses and will become one of plot lines in the novel At the very beginning the authorial voice narrator or Trollope himself depending on how you look at it warns the reader that there will not be one hero in the piece but rather a collection bits and pieces as the English say of male characters that have to add up as a hero between them In truth the four 'heroes' are all fairly unsatisfactory and most attention is given to the least admirable of them Bernard Dale is the girls' first cousin and the Suire is determined that Bernard and Bell marry in order to keep the estate together Dr Crofts is the poor but kindly local doctor who Bell has actually favoured for several years Lily too has two possible suitors Johnny Eames is the local boy and childhood friend of Lily while Adolphus Crosbie is the far glamorous suitor from London who comes to Barsetshire as Bernard's friend One one hand you can definitely talk about this novel in terms of the 'marriage plot' Neither of the Dale girls have any money of their own despite being connected to it and they are at an age in which marriage is both desirable and inevitable Contrasting with the Dale girls who are lovely and kind with appealing manners are the De Courcy girls Despite their aristocratic status and assets the De Courcy family are also short of 'ready money' and none of the many unmarried De Courcy daughters has much to recommend her either in face fortune or personality Although the Dales are the major characters in the novel the De Courcy family have an important secondary storyline Money may not be everything in the Trollope world but it cannot be ignored Not all of his characters make decisions with the financial bottom line uppermost in their calculations but neither the characters nor the reader can ever forget entirely about life's practicalities I'll try and not spoil much of the plot but when Crosbie a fashionable man about town in London falls in love with Lily he is not so much in love that he can bring himself to disregard material satisfactions Throughout the novel Trollope refers uite precisely to sums of money mostly how much someone earns and how much so and so 'has' a year to live on As in Jane Austen's novels annual income is openly stated and of supreme significance There are some noticeable parallels between the sisters in Austen's Sense and Sensibility and the Dale sisters They are too similar I think for Trollope to have been unaware of them The very big difference though is the way he treats the cad of the novel While Willoughby or less disappears from the scene Crosbie is in some senses the most important character in the novel His choices and the conseuences of them are given the most detailed attentionThere are a few side plots which seem unnecessary particularly the one between Lady Dumbello nee Griselda Grantley and Plantagenet Palliser but then one of the particular satisfactions of reading the entire series of the Barchester Chronicles is seeing the recurrence of old characters All in all Trollope 'manages' his large Barsetshire canvas peopled by so many humanly imperfect and yet endearing characters with great skill