Framley Parsonage Ch. 1–3 [1/16]
Medical Practitioners, Lecturing, Ethnography, Imperialism, Environmentalism, Agriculture, Utilitarianism, Politics, Statistics
Mark Robart's father is a physician without 'private means', but whose 'lucrative practice' enables him to maintain and educate his children with 'all the advantages which money can give in this country' (1). The Conservative MP Harold Smith is to lecture on 'the Australian archipelago' at Barchester (7). The Chase of Chaldicotes, an ancient forest, is soon to be deforested. In 'these utilitarian days' the aged oaks and beeches 'are to give way to wheat and turnips' because 'a ruthless Chancellor of the Exchequer [...] requires money returns from the lands'. (16) Smith's forte is 'Well-docketed papers and statistical facts' (21).
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