Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Ullathorne Court, three-storey country home of Squire Thorne in the parish of St Ewold's, Barsetshire. A gem of Tudor architecture modelled on Montacute House in Somerset, noted for its enclosed quadrangle, rich tawny colour, and true English hall rather than dining room, it is the setting for both Miss Thorne's fête-champêtre and the engagement of Eleanor Bold and Francis Arabin. BT NCS

"'Uncontrolled Ruffianism of London, The'" (article). Following recent public alarms at the increase of pickpockets and garrotters, a personal survey of friends and acquaintances reveals minimal experience of street crime. The published advice to carry no money (cab fare? Supper?), walk in mid-street (what of the danger of being run over?), and carry a 'huge knob-stick' (an umbrella is more likely to be needed) or loaded revolver (more dangerous to everyone in the vicinity than a possible mad garrotter!) seems questionable. All large cities have some crime; there is no need for hysteria. Saint Pauls ( January 1868), 419-24. AKL

Underwood, Clarissa, younger daughter of Sir Thomas Underwood. 'The fact that she was a beauty was acknowledged by all who knew her, and was well known to herself (II). She believes herself to be in love with Ralph Newton, the heir, until he transfers his attentions to her cousin Mary Bonner, and then to Polly Neefit. She marries Ralph's brother Gregory, the rector of Newton Peele, who has loved her devotedly for many years. RH ALS

Underwood, Patience, Sir Thomas Underwood's elder daughter. 'Certainly not pretty . . . She was clever, and knew herself to be clever. She could read, and understood what she read. She saw the difference between right and wrong, and believed that she saw it clearly' (II). RH ALS

Underwood, Sir Thomas, father of Patience and Clarissa and the former guardian of Ralph Newton (the heir), a 60-year-old widowed barrister who had served briefly as Solicitor-General in a Conservative government but lost his seat on the collapse of the administration. He lives in his chambers at Southampton Buildings, visiting his daughters at Fulham only occasionally. He stands successfully in the Percycross election, but once charges of corruption are laid the borough is disenfranchised. Sir Thomas returns to his legal career and to his long-held project of writing a life of Francis Bacon (not a word of which is written). RH ALS

"'Unprotected Female at the Pyramids, An'", first serialized in Cassell Illustrated Family Paper, 6 and 13 October 1860 (reprinted in TAC1). An exercise in Trollopian misogyny. The narrator finds himself with a party of other European tourists in Cairo. Particularly vexatious is the spinster Miss Sabrina Dawkins--an 'unprotected female'. She attaches herself to the good-natured Damer family during an expedition to the pyramids, and makes every effort to continue in their company on a voyage up the Nile. Meanwhile, young Fanny Damer falls in love with an eligible young American, Mr Jefferson Ingram. The story ends with Miss Dawkins repulsed and the young couple engaged. JS

Unthank, Jackson, wealthy American friend of Jonas Spalding in Florence, resolved on having a grand collection of pictures for his house in Baltimore 'that no English private collection should in any way come near' (XLVI). AS RCT

urbanization and population. Anthony Trollope was born into a baby boom--during the decade 1811-21 Britain's birth rate peaked. It fell back somewhat in subsequent decades, though remaining high, and crested again at an all-time record during Trollope's last decade. The birth rate then entered a decline that would not be reversed until the post-Second World War baby boom. Trollope therefore lived through a period of dramatic population growth. In 1815 the population of England and Wales was 19.2 million, Scotland's 1.9 million, and Ireland's 6.3 million. By 1881 these figures were 35.2, 3.8, and 5.1 million respectively.

It is generally held that a sustained high birth rate rather than a falling death rate was the chief


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