The Warden
Anthony Trollope

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The tranquil atmosphere of the cathedral town of Barchester is shattered when a scandal breaks concerning the financial affairs of a Church-run almshouse for elderly men. In the ensuing furore, Septimus Harding, the almshouse's well-meaning warden, finds himself pitted against his daughter's suitor Dr John Bold, a zealous local reformer. Matters are not improved when Harding's abrasive son-in law, Archdeacon Grantly, leaps into the fray to defend him against a campaign Bold begins in the national press. An affectionate and wittily satirical view of the workings of the Church of England, The Warden, the first of the Barchester Chronicles, is also a subtle exploration of the rights and wrongs of moral crusades and, in its account of Harding's intensely felt personal drama, a moving depiction of the private impact of public affairs.

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“The Warden” makes an excellent introduction to Trollope's work. It tells of a dispute that arises between the Church of England and reformers. The Reverend Harding is the warden of small home providing quarters for 12 retired, impoverished workers. The facility is provided for by a trust set up by its founder over 200 years ago. Income off the land provides income for the maintenance of the home and a living for the warden, who is a gentle, honest man. This income, which has increased over the years, is an 800-pound annual revenue. A young reformer files suit, claiming the intent of the will is being violated. The reformers led by John Bold believe the excess funds should go to the hospital residents. The church hierarchy, led by Dr. Grantly, the archdeacon of Barchester, defends the rights of the church. This turns into a great public scandal, and the warden, Reverend Harding, suffers a moral dilemma over whether he really is entitled to the money. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.

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