An Autobiography


One of Trollope's most famous scenes occurs near the end of The Last Chronicle of Barset:

On the next day . . . Mr Crawley, having been summoned by the archdeacon into the library for a little private conversation, found that he got on better with him. How the archdeacon conquered him may perhaps be best described by a further narration of what Mr. Crawley said to his wife. 'I told him that in regard to money matters, as he called them, I had nothing to say. I only trusted that his son was aware that my daughter had no money, and never would have any. "My dear Crawley," the archdeacon said, -- for of late there seems to have grown up in the world a habit of greater familiarity than that which I think did prevail when last I moved much among men; -- "my dear Crawley, I have enough for both." "I would we stood on more equal grounds," I said. Then as he answered me, he rose from his chair. "We stand," said he, "on the only perfect level on which such men can meet each other. We are both gentlemen." "Sir," I said, rising also, "from the bottom of my heart I agree with you. I could not have spoken such words; but coming from you who are rich to me who am poor, they are honourable to the one and comfortable to the other." '

Trollope regarded The Last Chronicle as on the whole the best of his novels and his high opinion of it (unlike most of his judgements of his own work) has . . .

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anthony Trollope
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London; New York
Publication year:
  • 1923


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