Barchester Towers is an 1857 novel by Anthony Trollope, the second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series. It recapitulates many elements of the plot of The Warden, in a more complex form with a broader cast of characters. The high-church arcadia of Barchester Cathedral is threatened this time not by the idealistic John Bold, but by the mendacious Mr Slope.
While Slope is undoubtedly a great satirical creation, this does take away some of the breadth of vision of the earlier book. Trollope has a way of inveigling us to favour his Tory characters when his Whigs have the better arguments, but even this is testimony to the realism of the milieu he creates.
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