Law, Commerce, and Gender in Trollope's <i>Framley Parsonage</i>

Douglas G. Baird

in Subversion and Sympathy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199812042
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315888 | DOI:
Law, Commerce, and Gender in Trollope's Framley Parsonage

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This chapter examines the world of commerce and its links to domesticity and family. Framley Parsonage tells the story of a winning, decent, but somewhat too ambitious young clergyman whose only lapse is to guarantee gratuitously a negotiable instrument for a member of the local gentry. The dramatic tension arises from the shadow this legal obligation casts over the clergyman. All ends happily when the local lord falls in love with his younger sister and agrees to help him out. Framley Parsonage presents something of a puzzle: a thoroughly traditional comedy that ends happily with a marriage and a wedding feast held together by a bill of exchange, a legal construct that lives entirely in the world of commerce. The chapter shows how this curious mixture of things commercial and things domestic exemplifies mid-Victorian conceptions of law and gender and the relationship between the two.

Keywords: domesticity; family; bill of exchange; law; gender

Chapter.  3983 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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