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I first read 'The Warden' when I was a teenager and I don't think I appreciated all the nuances. I found reading it this time was a joy. Here are well rounded characters who all face moral dilemmas of one sort or the other. Mr Harding is the warden of a hospital which supports twelve old men under the terms of John Hiram's will. John Bold exposes what he believes to be the excessive salary paid to the warden for very little work. The cause is taken up by Jupiter - a newspaper which I would suppose is meant to be the Times. Mr Harding suffers considerably during the course of the novel, as do his nearest and dearest. The style might be old fashioned but the humour is sharp and the criticisms of many people and institutions is still valid in the twenty first century. Characters grow and develop during the story as they deal with their problems. They are rounded and three dimensional and I felt I would recognise them if I met them. In my opinion Trollope deserves to be more widely read and I find him much more readable than Dickens.
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