A novel by A. Trollope first published 1861, the fourth in the ‘Barsetshire’ series.
Mark Robarts is an ambitious young clergyman. At the age of 26 Lady Lufton helped him to the comfortable living at Framley, but he has now become involved with the unreliable Mr Sowerby and hopes for further preferment from the duke of Omnium. Sowerby promises Robarts a prebendal stall at Barchester and Robarts rashly guarantees some bills in return. He becomes liable for the full amount of the debts and has to appeal to his original patron, Lady Lufton.
This is doubly embarrassing for the Luftons, as young Lord Lufton has fallen in love with Robarts's sister, Lucy. At first Lady Lufton vehemently opposes the match, and hopes to interest her son in Griselda Grantly, daughter of the archdeacon. Griselda, however, marries the wealthy Lord Dumbello, and Lady Lufton and Lucy are thrown together by the illness of Mrs Crawley, wife of a neighbouring clergyman. In nursing her Lucy shows her true worth, and Lady Lufton removes her opposition to the match; Mark Robarts's debts are paid as a gesture of goodwill. The novel is remarkable for the first appearance of the proud, impoverished curate Mr Crawley.
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