Doctor Thorne (Everyman's Library)

Doctor Thorne (Everyman's Library)


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Doctor Thorne (1858), the third novel in Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire series, was the best-selling of his forty-seven novels during his lifetime, and remains one of his most widely read today.  

Young Frank Gresham, the heir of the squire of Greshamsbury, is determined to marry his beloved Mary Thorne, niece of the village physician. Frank’s family is violently opposed to the match, however, for they are in debt and in danger of losing their estate, and Mary is penniless and illegitimate. Dr. Thorne, Mary’s loving uncle, knows a secret about her origins that would change everything, but he wants her to be accepted on her own merits. The ensuing battle of wills plays out in a maelstrom of pride and money, love and self-doubt. Though the plot is more sensational than usual for Trollope—set in motion by a seduction and a murder—these potentially melodramatic elements never disrupt the utterly compelling realism of the author’s richly woven tapestry of provincial life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679423041
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Series: Everyman's Library
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 1,045,521
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

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Doctor Thorne 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
It is not as economically told as THE WARDEN, not as discursive (or laugh-out-loud hilarious) as BARCHESTER TOWERS. Instead it has balance and energy and the characters fairly sparkle, especially the "good" romantic hero and heroine. We are used to allowing the novelist a boring romantic interest, as long as we're given other pleasures along the way; but Frank and Mary may just be the most fun personalities in their own story. No mean feat, as any reader knows, the creation of virtuous characters who are also sharp and amusing enough to carry their weight. Frank's quasi-courtship of Miss Dunstable, the delightful if ugly "oil of Lebanon" heiress, is a brilliant stroke, and the happy ending is (very carefully) not reached until Frank has proven himself worthy of it. You feel in such good hands with Trollope. Nothing too awful will happen to anyone, at least not without much warning, and all the deserving characters will get their heart's desire. It's like sitting down after a good dinner over brandy with a friend who is incomparably witty, candid, and good-natured. It might, literarily speaking, be fluff, after all; but it's fluff raised to an art form. It's impossible to imagine a novel more completely entertaining than DR THORNE. You know from almost the first page how the plot will conclude, but the getting there is delicious.
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Emmyfa More than 1 year ago
Like all of Trollope, it takes no time to get "into" this book. In no way do you have to "get through" any pages to be taken up by the story. There is one trait of Trollope that might not be everyone's cup of tea, his taking of the reader into his confidence. He breaks down the fourth wall and tells you, the reader, that he is telling this story and that he is choosing which characters will figure most prominently. (This is similar to the movie "Tom Jones' in which the characters turn to the camera and the viewer joins the character's take on whatever is going on in the scene.) Trollope does this in all his books and I find it a very likable trait. I like the fact that the author feels confident enough to take me into his confidence and tell me how he is thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Except the fact that the main female protagonist gets rich in such a short duration following the quick deaths of her uncle and cousin, everything else is handled very well. Having observed this limitation the writer succeeds in keep the reader engrossed in the plot throughout this moderately big book. There are few bumps on the way but its possible to read the book in 2 days and immensely enjoy it, this itself is a fete and very few writers have then or since able to achieve the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the movie; love the book. Delightful in the narrative presentation and interesting in it’s vocabulary of the times. The way things are said puts an interesting aspect to the how people change in this way.
MarysLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr Thorne raises his niece, Mary, as if she were his own daughter. But she isn't. She's the illegitimate daughter of working man made good, Sir Roger Scatchard. He has named his sister's eldest child as his heir and that child is Mary Thorne.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctor Thorne, Anthony Trollope's third Barsetshire chronicle, moves away from the ecclesiastical confabulations of the first two books and into the realm of domestic intrigue a lá Austen. Published in 1858, this novel follows the lives of Mary Thorne, whose illegitimate birth has been hushed up by her uncle the doctor, and Frank Gresham, heir to the heavily mortgaged Greshambury estate. Frank and Mary fall in love, of course, but Frank simply must marry money. And the doctor's niece has none. The story deals with many themes, including the social stigma of illegitimacy, the pressing need of good families to marry money, the horrible effects of alcohol addiction, the corrupt election process, and what integrity really looks like. Trollope's careful pen draws the eye to every human foible without being merciless in this gently humorous tale. The story and characters reminded me of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. Molly and Mary are very similar; both have as a father-figure the local country doctor, both fall in love with a young man of higher rank, and both are persecuted in their social circles for a perceived indiscretion. Doctor Gibson and Doctor Thorne are also similar¿reserved, prideful, principled, fiercely protective, and Scottish! My favorite character is probably Miss Dunstable, an heiress who has no illusions about her money and the fawning hangers-on it purchases. She is thrown together with Frank in order that he may marry money and save the family honor, but they soon come to a right understanding. She becomes Mary's champion, urging Frank to remain faithful to her no matter what his family says. She's that great.Trollope is just as comfortable with female characters as male; his portraits of Lady Arabella and the relationships among the female de Courcy cousins are spot-on, with that dash of satire to give the whole thing spice (like when Augusta Gresham's haughty cousin advises her against marrying a lowly lawyer... and eventually marries the selfsame man herself!). Some may find Trollope's narrative voice intrusive, but I for one enjoy being told that things will turn out all right. But though he does tell us some things ahead of time, other things he keeps secret till the very end. It's just enough suspense to keep me reading madly. Once again, Trollope delivers. I'm thankful to have discovered his work.
lit_chick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2007, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Simon VanceTrollope¿s Chronicles of Barsetshire are a source of delight for me, and Dr. Thorne more than lived up to my expectations. True to form, Trollope delights with manors and manners, money and the lack of it, highborns and illegitimates, romance and scandal. Naturally, class distinctions are ever-present as the prominent families of the novel are introduced: the very moral, very middle-class Thornes; the Greshams, entitled by birth but near bankrupt on account of poor management; the Scatcherds, not entitled by birth, but exorbitantly wealthy; and the De Coursys, high-born, wealthy, entitled, and arrogant. Excitement ensues when Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne fall in love. Mary, though well raised, well loved, and well mannered, is not only exceedingly middle-class but, much worse, illegitimate and poor. And Frank¿s father has put him in a position where he must marry for money or risk the family estate. ¿Instead of heart beating to heart in sympathetic unison, purse chinks to purse.¿ (9/18) Oh, the Victorian drama! At its heart, Dr. Thorne is a character story. To a fault, the characters are round and relatable: the doctor, compassionate, sensible, and loyal; Mary Thorne, mannered, independent, and indignant; Lady Arabella Gresham, highborn, insufferable, and broke; Frank Gresham, noble, honest, and also near broke; Sir Roger Scatcherd, obscenely wealthy, ruthless, and hopelessly alcoholic. The novel is wonderfully written and perfectly read by Simon Vance in this Blackstone Audiobook. Trollope¿s humour, wit, and gentle social sarcasm make for delightful entertainment. Highly recommended!
KromesTomes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, those wacky Victorians! Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne are "in love," but how can they possibly marry? After all, Mary's parents never married ... in fact, her father had seduced her mother, a poor serving girl, and then was killed by the mother's brother once the pregnancy was discovered. And, needless to say, she's not exactly well off from a monetary point of view.Meanwhile, Frank's father has run the family estate into some serious financial problems, and Frank has to "marry money" if he's to save the day.Various coincidences and much agonizing occur before, and I don't think this will spoil the book for anyone, the happy ending.Yet for all the soap opera-ish aspects of the book, I very much enjoyed it, as I have all of Trollope's books. As the saying goes, if you like this kind of thing, this is exactly the kind of thing you're going to like.Note: Coincidentally, I was reading Henry Adams' Education at the same time as I was reading this. It's fascinating to consider they were both written during about the same time, the second half of the 19th century, when you consider how very very far about Adams' and Trollope's world vies seem to be.
catherinestead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank loves Mary. Mary loves Frank. Frank's father is broke and aristocratic. Frank needs to marry money, and lots of it. Mary is broke and illegitimate. Frank's mother refuses to have Mary in the house. Mary's uncle is rich and dying and holds the mortgage on Frank's father's estate. But no-one knows that he is Mary's uncle. Least of all Mary.The plot is straightforward, but that doesn't matter. There are numerous tiny twists and turns wending sinuously through the book, keeping it moving along. The characters are wonderful, and the sub-plots are wonderful. (I was laughing aloud at the account of the Barchester election, the feud between Drs Thorne and Fillgrave, and at the unfortunate Miss Gushing turning Methodist.) The writing is wonderful. In fact, the whole book is wonderful and now I am gushing.
DavidGreene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Includes a moving description of the alcoholic Sir Roger Scatcherd. The Doctor struggles to find a balance between professional responsibility, compassion and enabling in Sir Roger's dramatic death scene.
DieFledermaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third novel in Trollope's Barsetshire series is better than The Warden, but doesn't quite reach the level of Barchester Towers. This time, the story takes place out in the country, though characters from the earlier two make cameos. Dr. Thorne, relative of the previously mentioned Ullathornes, is an unassuming country doctor with his illegitimate niece Mary. They both enjoy the patronage of the Greshams, the local squire's family with links to the titled de Courcys. Unfortunately, Squire Gresham's estate is mortgaged due to poor management and eldest son Frank must marry money to save the family name and lands. Of course, Frank and Mary fall in love and disaster ensues. Trollope's usual wit, sublime prose and comforting narrator are all present. However, this offering deals with a variety of class issues.The author unreservedly condemns mercenary marriages - it's just another form of selling yourself. Lady Arabella Gresham supports them and the de Courcy girls contemplate how much, exactly, they would have to sell themselves for. Mary Thorne, the admirable heroine, says she'd never marry for money and does prove herself by turning down an offer from a rich but boorish man she doesn't love. Augusta Gresham's engagement of money-meets-nobility turns sour. Miss Dunstable, a wealthy heiress with no name, is portrayed as practical and caring when she turns down numerous mercenary proposals and encourages Frank to stay loyal to Mary.However, the novel does display some class ambivalence. Mary remarks that if she were situated like the Greshams, she would never marry below her class for money. Whether she would do it for love remains unanswered - Trollope sidesteps the question of whether the match between Frank and a penniless Mary would be laudable. Sir Roger Scatchard's class switch, resulting from his new money, also seems to warn against transgressing class boundaries. Although Roger is intelligent and industrious, he retains his vulgar habits and alcoholism from former days. Dr. Thorne is his only friend - he admits he's no longer comfortable amongst workers of his former class but can't mix with the educated gentry. His son, Sir Louis, is much worse.The novel runs a bit long, but still very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand that a free version of a book may not be perfect, because then people might not pay for books. However, the mistakes in this were well beyond reasonable & this book should be pulled. Aside from words having numbers & symbols in them, the TITLE character's name was spelled incorrectly throughout. Free books on Kindle do not have mistakes like this. Not even close. It shows poor custormer service to allow something this poorly done to be downloaded.