Last Chronicle of Barset

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A novel by A. Trollope, published 1867, the last of the ‘Barsetshire’ series.

The Revd Josiah Crawley is accused of fraudulently acquiring a cheque for £20. He cannot remember the exact origin of the cheque and is thus committed for trial. Even before the sessions come on the autocratic Mrs Proudie pre‐judges his case, and attempts to oust Crawley from his church. Matters are not finally cleared up in Crawley's favour until Dean Arabin's family are recalled from the Continent, whereupon Mrs Arabin explains her part in the muddle. At the close of the novel Mr Crawley is presented with the fatter living of St Ewold's, and the archdeacon finally removes his opposition to the marriage of Grace Crawley and his son, Major Grantly.

Interleaved with the theme of Crawley's cheque is the London life of Johnny Eames and his continuing love for Lily Dale and the deaths of Mrs Proudie and Mr Harding, once warden of Hiram's Hospital.

Subjects: Literature.

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Anthony Trollope (1815—1882) novelist

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