Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 150–74.

Framley Parsonage Ch. 4–6  [2/16]

[Anthony Trollope]


Novel, Serial


Quackery, Medical Treatment, Patents, Lecturing, Ethnography, Imperialism, Mapping, Statistics

    Miss Dunstable, who identifies herself as a 'quack doctor', is the 'proprietress of the celebrated Oil of Lebanon, invented by her late respected father, and patented by him with such wonderful results in the way of accumulated fortune' (155). Harold Smith hopes to 'talk the British world into civilizing New Guinea', but his wife and ecclesiastical friends give him the sarcastic titles 'Viscount Papua and Baron Borneo' (168). He lectures on the Malay Archipelago at the Barchester Mechanics' Institute, making use of maps and 'a huge bundle of statistics' (174). However, his assertions that the genius of civilization will make 'every rood of earth subservient to his purposes' fail to engage the audience (173).


Trollope 1861

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