Cornhill Magazine,  8 (1863), 59–82.

The Small House at Allington Ch. 31–33  [11/20]

[Anthony Trollope]


Novel, Serial


Breeding, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Progress, Heredity

    At the annual 'show of fat beasts in London [...] a certain bullock exhibited by Lord de Guest was declared by the metropolitan butchers to have realized all the possible excellences of breeding, feeding, and condition. No doubt the butchers of the next half-century will have learned much better, and the Guestwick beast, could it be embalmed and then produced, would excite only ridicule at the agricultural ignorance of the present age; but Lord de Guest took the praise that was offered to him, and found himself in a seventh heaven of delight' (66). Looking upon 'the living beef by gaslight', Lord de Guest comments, 'Isn't he like his sire? [...] He has just got his sire's back and fore-quarters. Don't you see?', although his companion, John Eames, 'looked very hard, but could not see' (66–67).


Trollope 1864

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