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Mr. Scarborough's Family Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From the Back Cover
This striking story is dominated by the heroic John Scarborough, a wealthy squire who, with almost superhuman energy, contrives from his deathbed to defeat the hated law of entail. Seeking to bequeath his estate to the worthier of his two sons, in his pursuit of justice he subjects them to a testing examination, baffles the lawyers, and scandalizes society. The social world also comes under Trollope's ironic gaze. His searching treatment of the various codes governing courtship and marriage, money-lending, frustration of youth and the sadness of age. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 – 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Among his best-loved works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. Trollope's literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid-twentieth century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The eponymous Mr. Scarborough (who in fact doesn't appear in the book as much as might be expected) is juggling with his will in order to do right (or not) by his two sons. Thus, at the end of his life, he declares that his eldest son Mountjoy is not in fact the elder of the two, since he was born out of wedlock. This means that Augustus, the younger, will inherit his substantial house and property. Or will he? The reader is kept guessing until the end of the novel. The beleaguered Mr. Grey, his attorney, has to sort this out and try to get to the truth.
Enter the love interest, in the form of the beautiful and much sought-after Florence, cousin of Mountjoy, who expects to marry her. But she is more interested in Harry Annesley, heir to his wealthy uncle. Harry however falls from favour, and his inheritance is in the balance.... and so it continues, in true Trollope style, with numerous plots and sub-plots, and question marks over who will marry whom.
I loved this novel,. It has everything I've come to expect from Trollope - thwarted lovers, disputed inheritances, wealth, poverty, foxhunting (of course) and humour. I particularly liked Mary Grey, Mr. Grey's daughter, and would have like to have seen a bit more or this lovely character. But no matter. This is Trollope at his best, and if you love Trollope, you will love this book. Highly recommended.
The book does contain some portrayals of Jewish moneylenders which might be regarded as somewhat distasteful nowadays, but this sort of thing is par for the Victorian novel course. Perhaps the most significant objection to the work is that the denouement of the plot is somewhat contrived - the complications of Mr Scarborough's affairs, which he has deliberately created long before he knew he would have a need to be so, stretch the credulity of the reader quite a lot. There is an engaging sub plot concerning the possible marriage of Mr Scarborough's niece Florence, who is one of Trollope's standard strong willed young ladies, who having given their heart have to stick with the chosen man through thick and thin, but how the complicated business of Florence and her fiance will be resolved is pleasurable and sometimes humourous. It also includes what I think must be the first ever use of the word "fit" to mean sexually attractive, as one of the minor characters describes Florence in this way/
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