Framley Parsonage

John Everett Millais, "The Crawley Family", Framley Parsonage

It was in very early in January of the year 2000 that our Barsetshire Marathon reached Framley Parsonage. We had had a month between Dr Thorne and Framley Parsonage when people had been invited to read and talk about Christmas and other short stories by Trollope. Once again each week I wrote an essay or essays in the form of postings to Trollope-l on the chapters we had read for that week. These "facilitating" postings of mine continued to be close readings of the text whenever I could, with some also simply in response to others, some on Trollope's sources and attitudes, some on the contemporary scene. Once again the conversation slowly emerges and moves back and forth on all sorts of things: character, scenes, personal impulses when we read. I have included many postings by other members as I could find and threaded them in according to a date or where they seemed to make sense. This was a lively conversation; new people came aboard as a result of the publication of my book. Some of them were people who had been on the original Trollope list run on Majordomo and had grown discouraged; they pronounced themselves delighted to see themselves "actually indexed!". Active participants were: Roger Batt, Catherine Crean, Sigmund Eisner, Wayne Grisslen, R. J. Keefe, Howard Merkin, Rory O'Farrell, Michael Powe, Bruce Reynolds, Angela Richardson, Jay Shorten, Jill Singer, Jill Spriggs, Gene Stratton, Tyler Tichelaar, Joan F. Wall, Judy Warner, Dagny Wilson, Liz Witthuhn.

I used the 1984 Penguin edition for whose text David Skilton and Peter Miles had returned to the original text as published by instalment in the Cornhill between January 1860 and April 1861. Thus I was not able to divide the novel up into the original volume division of the first edition published in 1861 (I:1-16, II:1-15; 3: 1-17). The calendar below has been set up to show the weeks of the actual conversation. It was at this time I resumed my practice of describing the illustrations which I had given over for a while.



The Map of Barsetshire, first worked out in Framley Parsonage and as drawn by the Geroulds, A Guide to Trollope

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