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Post by NKWhitley » October 19th, 2017, 11:19 am

Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope (24 - 6).
This is the third book in The Chronicles of Barsetshire , the first two being The Warden and Barchester Towers; however, although some characters from the first two books are referred to, there is no need to read/ listen to them first to enjoy Dr Thorne.

It is mainly concerned with the romantic problems of Mary Thorne, niece of Doctor Thomas Thorne (a member of a junior branch of the family of Mr Wilfred Thorne, who appeared in Barchester Towers), and Frank Gresham, the only son of the local squire, although Trollope as the omniscient narrator assures the reader at the beginning that the hero is really the doctor.

Themes of the book are the social pain and exclusion caused by illegitimacy, the nefarious effects of the demon drink and the difficulties of romantic attachments outside one's social class. The novel also gives a vivid picture of electioneering and all the barely legal shenanigans that accompany the event. Most of the action takes place in a village of Barsetshire and a country house not far off.When their father dies, Doctor Thomas Thorne and his younger, ne'er-do-well brother Henry are left to fend for themselves. Doctor Thorne begins to establish a medical practice, while Henry seduces Mary Scatcherd, the sister of stonemason Roger Scatcherd. When Scatcherd finds out that Mary has become pregnant, he seeks out Henry and kills him in a fight.

While her brother is in prison, Mary gives birth to a girl. A former suitor offers to marry her and emigrate to the United States to start a new life but refuses to take the baby. Doctor Thorne persuades her to accept the generous offer, promising to raise his niece. He names her Mary Thorne but wishing neither to have her illegitimacy made public nor to have her associate with the uncouth Roger Scatcherd, he keeps her birth secret. He tells Scatcherd that the baby had died.

After his release, Scatcherd rises quickly in the world as a railway project undertaker. In time, his skills make him extremely rich. When he completes a seemingly-impossible important project on time, he is made a baronet for his efforts. Throughout his career, he entrusts his financial affairs to Doctor Thorne. When Thorne becomes the family doctor to the Greshams, he persuades Scatcherd to lend ever growing sums to the head of the family, the local squire, who has troubles managing his finances. Eventually, much of the Gresham estate is put up as collateral.

Meanwhile, Mary grows up with the Gresham children and becomes a great favourite with the whole family. As a result, Thorne feels obliged to tell his friend the squire the secret concerning her birth.

Mary falls in love with Frank Gresham, the only son and heir of the squire of Greshamsbury and nephew of the Earl and Countess de Courcy, and he with her. His parents desperately need him to marry wealth, to rescue them from the financial distress resulting from the squire's expensive and fruitless campaigns for a seat in Parliament. As Mary is penniless and of low birth, such a marriage is frowned upon by his mother Lady Arabella and the de Courcys.

His snobbish mother and maternal aunt bearing the aristocratic de Courcy family name wish him to marry a thirty-year-old eccentric but intelligent and kind-hearted, heiress, Martha Dunstable. He reluctantly visits Courcy Castle and they become friends. He foolishly and playfully proposes. She demurs, knowing that he does not love her and he tells her about his love for Mary.

Sir Roger is a chronic drunkard and Doctor Thorne tries in vain to get him to curtail his drinking. In his will, he stipulates that the bulk of his estate go to his odious, dissolute only son Louis Philippe but he leaves Doctor Thorne in control of the inheritance until the heir reaches the age of twenty-five. Should Louis die before then, Scatcherd stipulates that the estate go to his sister Mary's eldest child. Thorne is forced to divulge Mary's history but Scatcherd leaves the will unchanged.... ( Wikipedia)
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Post by HZFerr » October 19th, 2017, 2:27 pm

I know I am jumping the gun, however, this sounds too good to pass up.

May I DPL? :D
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » October 19th, 2017, 8:04 pm

MC checking in Nick!

Helen, I believe that Arlene is already committed to DPL. Nick and Arlene worked together on the previous volume, which is now in the catalog here: https://librivox.org/barchester-towers-2-by-anthony-trollope/

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Post by HZFerr » October 20th, 2017, 3:45 pm

TY for letting me know, I will just have to wait to hear the finished project. :thumbs:
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » October 27th, 2017, 9:37 am

Moving to going solo to keep the launch pad tidy .. .
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Post by ArleneJoyce » October 27th, 2017, 5:09 pm

Helen, be sure to enjoy the first two volumes of this set that Nick has recorded -- The Warden and Barchester Towers. There are several hilarious scenes, particularly in that second one. They are truly "too good to pass up."
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Post by NKWhitley » November 10th, 2017, 7:03 am

Hi Arlene

We're off at last.
Sorry about the delay, but we had our fake Christmas last weekend!

Here is Chapter 1 :
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/drthorne_01_trollope.mp3 46:41.3

Hope all is well with you

Regards

Nick

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Post by NKWhitley » November 14th, 2017, 10:21 am

Hi

Chapter 2 now uploaded.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/drthorne_02_trollope.mp3 : 32:23.0

Hope you enjoy

Nick

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Post by ArleneJoyce » November 14th, 2017, 8:54 pm

Hope you all had a wonderful time together. It's hard to think about the holidays coming so soon. I'm only just beginning to admit that summer is behind us. It was lovely to get back from San Francisco and find these two chapters waiting for me. Thanks you again! I've marked them PL OK.
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Post by NKWhitley » November 17th, 2017, 8:41 am

Hi

Glad you enjoyed.

Hope San Francisco was pleasant.

Here is Chapter 3

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/drthorne_03_trollope.mp3 41:55.5

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Post by ArleneJoyce » November 20th, 2017, 5:42 pm

Chapter 3 was wonderful, as usual.

San Francisco was a little less so. I love the Dreamforce conference, and always come home so full of ideas that there are never enough days to implement them. But 180,000 extra people are too many for downtown San Francisco, and for me. Lines, lines, everywhere! Or is it queues, queues, everywhere? I wish they would limit attendance to 120,000 or so. That's still a very large conference, but a little more comfortable to attend.
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Post by NKWhitley » November 28th, 2017, 9:21 am

Hi Arlene,

Here is Chapter 4 - a bit longer than some and it took me a bit longer to edit - but I found lots to enjoy in it.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/drthorne_04_trollope.mp3 53:41

I cannot conceive of a conference with 120,000 delegates - let alone 180,000. That is twice as large as the capacity of Wembley stadium, the largest venue in Britain (according to Wikipedia!).
Do you everall get together?

I'm not surprised the queues - or lines - were horrendous! San Francisco was lovely when we were there, but it wasn't crowded at the time - I am just awe-struck.

Hope you enjoy the chapter

Nick

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Post by ArleneJoyce » November 28th, 2017, 8:06 pm

180,000 people is more than a little overwhelming. But it's such a good conference that I'll probably brave it again next year or the year after.

Chapter 4 was a lot of fun. I never get tired of Mr. Trollope's wit. There is one paragraph with a couple of repeats -- at 33:08 "In confessing that Mr. Moffat", and at 33:31 "he was not".
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Post by NKWhitley » November 29th, 2017, 4:04 am

Hi

Sorry about that - I had quite a lot of editing to do for that bit and I obviously missed those two bits when I was deleting stuff.

I have uploaded the revised version.

I'm glad the conference was worth it. I had a quick look on their web-site - but it didn't mean anything to me!

All the best

Nick

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Post by NKWhitley » December 4th, 2017, 3:16 am

Hi

Here is Chapter 5 - sorry I couldn't get it finished in time for the weekend.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/drthorne_05_trollope.mp3 27:48

Enjoy.

Nick

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