The Warden by Anthony Trollope

This novel is more concise than ‘Framley Parsonage’ but the reader still feels that the author could have left out more verbiage. Further, the story is distorted by the blatant sexism of Trollope. He clearly thought that female logic differed from that of the male. Nor was he comfortable about inventing the conversation of women.

This unfortunate perspective impaired the realism of ‘The Warden’ and diminished what could have been an effective  political novel. Trollope went so far to write:

“What had passed between Eleanor Harding and Mary Bold need not be told. It is indeed a matter of thankfulness that neither the historian nor the novelist hears all that is said by their heroes or heroines, or how would three volumes or twenty suffice!”

If Trollope had been committed to minimalism he could have spared the reader such awkward digressions.

 

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