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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore you will see the original copyright references library stamps as most of these works have been housed in ou. This is perhaps the most unusual of all Trollope's books The ending is uite extraordinary morally outrageous even today or perhaps especially in this day and age just absolutely disgusting Trollope writes these long sagas that contain multiple small plots usually romantic and writes the characters so well that you get uite involved and this book does not disappoint in this The plot seems to have been written about in just about every review so there is no point in the artificial drama of putting a 'spoiler' here although personally I really am not keen on reviews that are synopses of the book I like to read what people thought of a book than what the book was aboutA young man comes of age and takes control of the property he inherited away from his mother who has been in control until then He isn't a bad lad but he thinks he knows about business than he does and his first action is to evict the tenant farmer so that he might put the land to profitable use himself The impestuous young lad's father who had owned the land had dispossessed his eldest son and left it to his son by his second wife by means of a codicil to his Will signed by a couple of servants This Will had been tested in court by the eldest son the rightful heir but he had lostThe farmer had known that the codicil was not genuine but since he was benefiting from the land had said nothing for all these years Now though enraged by his summary eviction he goes after revengeLady Mason the beautiful relatively young widow marshalls all possible support legal and otherwise for the defence of the Will and her good name but eventually confesses to a friend that she did indeed forge both the codicil and the signatures which were on a completely different legal documentThe case comes to court the lawyer makes a total fool of one of the witnesses to the codicil as lawyers do and the Lady Mason wins the case The eldest son naturally would have had to pay costs and his name would be uite damaged bringing two cases calling an aristocratic lady his stepmother a forger and a perjurer However since uite a few people now know that she is indeed a criminal she cedes the land to the rightful inheritor her stepson and then with her son goes abroad to live a life of ease and luxury keeping both her money and her good nameOutrageousBut an excellent book perhaps the best of Trollope's marvellous stories I so enjoyed reading it and was so furious at the end my son said 'What are you shouting at'Recommended for classics fans and those who think they are deadly dull all Dickens paid for by the word boring or sly romances like Austen which I love This is something else a brilliant read

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R most important libraries around the world and other notations in the work This work is in the public domain in the United States of America and possibly other nations Within the United States you may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifac. Did Lady Mason forge her late husband's willWe learn the answer to that uestion early enough but that is not the point to this story Her guilt or innocence is beside the point We must hear from the British class system And of conseuence what of the British system of justice The word 'verdict' comes from the Latin veredictum and literally means to say the truth Then now here there do not imagine that that hallowed derivation is realityI have an idea that all lawyers are liars a character says early on Trollope and this was my first Trollope shows us that some are and some are not His cynicism is nuanced than that of the uoted character but enough so that he understands a trial is not a search for the truth Speaking as the author to the reader Trollope intrudes himself in this way but not annoyingly Trollope says I cannot understand how any gentleman can be willing to use his intellect for the propagation of untruth and to be paid for so using it The case is deemed to need the services of the brilliant Mr Chaffanbrass who well understood that the defence of injured innocence was no part of his missionAnother lawyer is Solomon Aram highly skilled acutely aware; but a Jew Trollope deals with the anti Semitism matter of factly It made me wince for all the Realism of it but made me also think of Then now here thereOne witness tried to tell the truth but he was spectacularly no good at it so bad in fact that the trial judge charged the jury that they could take it as a given that the witness was stupid With friends after the trial the poor witness hangs his head as despondent as a soul can be One friend in a fortified attempt at commiseration says what does it matter if all the judges in the land was to call him stupid To which another friend solemnly intones Stupid is as stupid does So do not believe that Forrest Gump said it firstThis will not be my last TrollopeThis reminded me repeatedly of a scene from Pete Dexter's Paris Trout Mrs McNutt is on the stand and being cross examined I told the truth about it You can make it look any which way now but I told how it happenedSeagraves said That's what we called the jury for to decideShe turned then looking directly at them They don't decide what happened she saidIt's already done All they decide is if they gone do something about it


10 thoughts on “Orley Farm

  1. says:

    The characters of Joseph Mason and his stepmother Lady Mason so sharply contrasted are consistent and totally believable So are the former's resentment smouldering for 20 years and the strain on the latter held at bay for the same period until her resolution is exhausted


  2. says:

    This is perhaps the most unusual of all Trollope's books The ending is uite extraordinary morally outrageous even today or perhaps especially in this day and age just absolutely disgusting Trollope writes these long sagas that contain multiple small plots usually romantic and writes the characters so well that you get uite involved and this book does not disappoint in this The plot seems to have been written about in just about every review so there is no point in the artificial drama of putting a 'spoiler' here although personally I really am not keen on reviews that are synopses of the book I like to read what people thought of a book than what the book was aboutA young man comes of age and takes control of the property he inherited away from his mother who has been in control until then He isn't a bad lad but he thinks he knows about business than he does and his first action is to evict the tenant farmer so that he might put the land to profitable use himself The impestuous young lad's father who had owned the land had dispossessed his eldest son and left it to his son by his second wife by means of a codicil to his Will signed by a couple of servants This Will had been tested in court by the eldest son the rightful heir but he had lostThe farmer had known that the codicil was not genuine but since he was benefiting from the land had said nothing for all these years Now though enraged by his summary eviction he goes after revengeLady Mason the beautiful relatively young widow marshalls all possible support legal and otherwise for the defence of the Will and her good name but eventually confesses to a friend that she did indeed forge both the codicil and the signatures which were on a completely different legal documentThe case comes to court the lawyer makes a total fool of one of the witnesses to the codicil as lawyers do and the Lady Mason wins the case The eldest son naturally would have had to pay costs and his name would be uite damaged bringing two cases calling an aristocratic lady his stepmother a forger and a perjurer However since uite a few people now know that she is indeed a criminal she cedes the land to the rightful inheritor her stepson and then with her son goes abroad to live a life of ease and luxury keeping both her money and her good nameOutrageousBut an excellent book perhaps the best of Trollope's marvellous stories I so enjoyed reading it and was so furious at the end my son said 'What are you shouting at?'Recommended for classics fans and those who think they are deadly dull all Dickens paid for by the word boring or sly romances like Austen which I love This is something else a brilliant read


  3. says:

    Hefty but not heavy love loss iron furniture legal shenanigans humour guilt revenge redemption rat catching misunderstanding a “moulded wife” and This is a standalone Trollope novel originally published in instalments of two or three short chapters the 800 pages race by Further page turnability comes from numerous characters and sub plots coupled with uite a gossipy tone and occasional catty asides It was his most celebrated novel in his lifetime but sadly it is less well known now PlotThe basic plot is explained at the outset and I expect most readers guess the gist of the outcome uite early on Lady Mason was the young second wife of on old land owning widower; they lived at Orley Farm while the adult son Joseph Mason lived in the main family estate Groby Shortly after their son Lucius was born the old man died and contrary to what he’d told his elder son a codicil to his will left Orley Farm to his infant son The will was challenged but the codicil upheld Twenty years later when this book is set it is challenged again Lady Mason may be charged with forgery or perjuryIt’s not uite “fiction” as Oscar Wilde’s Miss Prism defined the word but nearly soJustice and The LawThe law is at the heart of the book Trollope’s father was a lawyer along with the idea that it does not necessarily euate with justice The process is explained clearly enough and the courtroom scenes have the dramatic tension of the best TV dramas “ We have retained a system which contains many of the barbarities of the feudal times we teach him the defendant to lie in his own defence”Trollope’s concerns are moral channelled mainly through Lucius Mason “lawyers are all liars” and young lawyer Felix Graham In particular is it ethical to defend someone if you think or even know they are guilty and to what extent does payment cloud that especially when it means the rich can buy justice that the poor can’t as they can also buy warmer winter coats? The older Furnival’s conscience is easily accommodated than that of the idealistic Graham “ He had learned – as lawyers do learn – to believe his own case”Powerful barrister Chaffenbrass thinks it’s fine to acuit the guilty if they can support themselves because it saves the crown money I assume he wouldn’t extend that to rape or murder “ He was always true to the man whose money he had taken”Image Scales of justice and shadow Source“ No amount of elouence will make an English lawyer think that loyalty to the truth should come before loyalty to his client” But is that good or bad? The guilty still need someone to plead for them You could insert a religious analogy here but in this novel the message of Christian repentance and forgiveness comes instead from Lady Mason’s friend Mrs Orme In fact in some ways this book has a stronger Christian message than the Barchester novels with their overtly church related themesPutting aside the rules of law moral justice is harder to define doing the wrong thing to selflessly right a wrong may still be wrong but how much leniency if any should there be? How does the passage of time affect guilt punishment and restitution? What does the innocent beneficiary of a crime owe the victim? If the victim is unpleasant and vindictive how does one cast that bias aside? Trivia Even those who support the death penalty for crimes such as murder might be shocked to learn that forgery was a capital offence until 1830 only a few years before this was written and setComical CommerceDespite some dubious ethics most of the lawyers are likeable and for contrast there are some commercial travellers They provide plenty of humour especially when explaining the etiuette of the “Commercial Dining Room” in an inn as well as examples of ethical uandaries of a less intellectual kind Characters and their NamesTrollope is good at drawing characters of all sorts rich poor aspirant falling male female young and old He sometimes comes close to caricature but knows where to draw the line There are some good names and unlike some of his Barsetshire novels they’re not uite ludicrous It’s no surprise that Samuel Dockwrath is angry about his loss; that Round and Crook are lawyers as are Slow and Bideawhile; Kantwise is uick witted salesman; an apothecary is called Balsam; Mary Snow is on a pedestal; Bridget Bolster is made of stern stuff and Chaffenbrass is good in court interrogationWomenFor a Victorian man Trollope can be surprisingly insightful about women – though he’s not afraid to portray nasty ones either Those of most interest here include• Lady Mason is the central character and unlike Lily Dale The Small House at Allington she is plausibly complex as is her situation The reader’s feelings towards her vary which is a compliment to the writing• Mrs Orme is like Lady Mason a woman in her early forties widowed for around twenty years Her situation is rather different she lives with her father in law Sir Peregrine Orme and son Perry but her love and loyalty – practical and emotional – are beautiful • Sophia Furnival is a fascinating young woman fiercely intelligent but born a few generations too soon to follow her father into the law – something she would undoubtedly be good at• Mrs Furnival loves her husband and is proud of his success but she struggles with the price of that success Her husband is often away so she suspects infidelity She doesn’t find solace in her new social position either she can’t butter toast on her lap and tea is made in the kitchen poured by servants • Mary Snow was the motherless daughter of a feckless father adopted as a ward by a benefactor who then trained her up to be a “moulded wife” It’s described as if this was a known idea at the time The complications of this arrangement are exploredLucius Mason is forward thinking; he declares that women “have minds eual to those of men” though in an earlier chapter Trollope suggests that Joseph Mason would be justified in deserting beating or locking up his awful wifeIt may be relevant that although Trollope’s father was not very successful his mother was a celebrated novelist who was able to support the family ParentingLaw may be the overt theme but relationships between parents and young adult children are really the core of most of the plots and sub plots and as a parent of a young adult they were what chimed most with me • Old Joseph Mason’s provision for his two sons caused problems Death and money are often troublesome companions; we should strive to beueath peace and harmony in how we leave our affairs• Lady Mason’s court cases affect her relationship with her son and his position in society Everything she does she does for him and he loves her unuestioningly But• Mary Snow’s father virtually sells her but is her benefactor cum suitor any better? Distasteful as this is in modern times I think his motives were honourable albeit very misplaced• Judge Stavely and his wife are very liberal in how much freedom they give their daughters in choosing who to marry They believe a child “should be allowed as far as was practical to do what they liked” because the child “if properly trained would like those things which were good for them” I broadly agree but there’s no guarantee • The Stavelys’ freedom even allows a game of Blind Man’s Buff where “you can feel you know” MarriageYou could write a lengthy essay comparing the huge variety of marriages – and potential ones – portrayed here We see a wealthy man living in virtual poverty because of his stingy wife who makes sure she does not go without herself the corrosive effect of suspicion a dubious form of well intentioned grooming sacrificial love the pressure of having 14 children and a commercial traveller who likes to keep his wife on her toes by not telling her when he’ll be home “ He might keep her always on alert an ready for marital inspection” There is a gentleness in the way even the unhappy ones are rendered that avoids conjuring prurience and a light joy in the happy couples Social boundaries are challenged some characters bow to them and some do not It illustrates that there is no single template for marriage that works for all and that what works for one couple at one stage in their lives may need changing later on I was reminded of a recent radio interviewee who was asked about how he and his wife had been happily married for over 30 years He said he’d actually been married three times the interviewer sounded flustered and then explained that he’d only ever been married to the same woman but that their relationship had evolved so it was almost like three different marriagesThe permutations of courting couples and the way some of them play one off another lend a Shakespearean air at times different combinations of who might end up with who and various impediments some of which vanish without further explanationTome Language and GrammarTrollope uite often addresses the reader directly giving his reasons for why he’s telling the story in the way he is For example “The heroine must by a certain fixed law be young and marriageable” and promises that at least one such will be forthcoming He also contradicts himself to mildly comic effect For instance saying “It would be needless to tell” and immediately telling it The occasionally gossipy tone is sometimes used conspiratorially to the reader but is also demonstrated by Martha Biggs in particular She takes a salacious interest in the troubles of her friend’s marriage and wants to know her “soul sighed for a tale piuant than one of mere general neglect It could not be expected that she would sympathise with generalities for ever” When she can’t hear the argument she expects she “let the battle rage in her imagination” She has some succour and later “her mind deliciously filled with the anticipation of coming catastrophes” Some friendIt’s instructive to read period literature and be reminded how language has changed Constructions and spellings that some abhor as shocking modern errors or Americanisms are common in respected British books of the past• “all of them do not have”• “gotten” relegated to American English nowadays• “stept across” yet we do still use burnt spilt spelt etc• “insure” and “intrust” where we would now use “ensure” and “entrust”• Hyphenation changes now a days some one to night to morrow• “Stupid is as stupid does” may have been famously said by Forrest Gump’s mother but it’s said by a sharp tongued salesman here Kantwise• “not so cute in the ways of having much to say”Other uotes• “He looked as though a skin rather too small for the purpose had been drawn over his head and face His nose seemed to have been compressed almost into nothing by that skin sueezing operation it had all the properties of a line length without breadth”• Mrs Mason is comically mean even to guests A servant serves lunch “the covers were removed with a magnificent action of his arm which I am inclined to think was not innocent of irony a large dish selected by the cook with some similar attempt at sarcasm” and bearing “three scraps as to the nature of which Mr Dockwrath though he looked hard at them was unable to enlighten himself”• A frustrated husband “Instead of counting up her virtues he counted up his own” Trollope observes that failing to love and cherish a spouse is as much a breaking of marriage vows as the betrayal he is suspected of• “an intermeddling little busybody”• “Since the domestic rose would no longer yield him honey he would seek his sweets from the stray honeysuckle on which there grew no thorns”• “Legal gentlemen are uite as often bought off as bought up”• “Mrs Mason would not on any account have missed church It was a cheap duty and therefore rigidly performed”• “He must now either assure her by a lie or break down all her hopes by the truth”• “Novels are the only chance a man has when he’s laid up like that”• “a solitary candle which only seemed to make the gloom of the large room visible”• “She did wander about the house as though there were something always to be done in some place apart from that in which she then was”• “Having dressed his face with that romantic sobriety he had been practising”• “He was a man who looked his best when under a cloud and shone the brightest when everything about him was dark” Lucius Mason


  4. says:

    Did Lady Mason forge her late husband's will?We learn the answer to that uestion early enough but that is not the point to this story Her guilt or innocence is beside the point We must hear from the British class system And of conseuence what of the British system of justice? The word 'verdict' comes from the Latin veredictum and literally means to say the truth Then now here there do not imagine that that hallowed derivation is realityI have an idea that all lawyers are liars a character says early on Trollope and this was my first Trollope shows us that some are and some are not His cynicism is nuanced than that of the uoted character but enough so that he understands a trial is not a search for the truth Speaking as the author to the reader Trollope intrudes himself in this way but not annoyingly Trollope says I cannot understand how any gentleman can be willing to use his intellect for the propagation of untruth and to be paid for so using it The case is deemed to need the services of the brilliant Mr Chaffanbrass who well understood that the defence of injured innocence was no part of his missionAnother lawyer is Solomon Aram highly skilled acutely aware; but a Jew Trollope deals with the anti Semitism matter of factly It made me wince for all the Realism of it but made me also think of Then now here thereOne witness tried to tell the truth but he was spectacularly no good at it so bad in fact that the trial judge charged the jury that they could take it as a given that the witness was stupid With friends after the trial the poor witness hangs his head as despondent as a soul can be One friend in a fortified attempt at commiseration says what does it matter if all the judges in the land was to call him stupid To which another friend solemnly intones Stupid is as stupid does So do not believe that Forrest Gump said it firstThis will not be my last TrollopeThis reminded me repeatedly of a scene from Pete Dexter's Paris Trout Mrs McNutt is on the stand and being cross examined I told the truth about it You can make it look any which way now but I told how it happenedSeagraves said That's what we called the jury for to decideShe turned then looking directly at them They don't decide what happened she saidIt's already done All they decide is if they gone do something about it


  5. says:

    When people ask me David you're obviously a complete nut when it comes to Trollope I've never read one of his novels and he wrote so damned many Which one should I try? this is the one I recommend Some in the Barsetshire and Palliser series may be better but the first book in each of those series is below standard for Trollope; I don't want anyone to embark on those until they know Trollope can deliver the goods And deliver the goods he does in Orley FarmThe plot revolves around a will Sir Joseph Mason dies with a will that leaves everything to his second son the son of his second wife the much younger beautiful Lady Mason and nothing to his son by an earlier marriage Did Lady Mason forge this will?Trollope early on lets us know the answer to this uestion It's typical of his approach to narrative He almost disdains plots and twists or says he does and seems to want to be rid of any reader who is reading just to find out the answer to what could have been a mystery saying in effect If this is the only reason you're reading this here's the answer Satisfied? Now please go awayAnyone who has come to love Trollope knows that the joy of reading him has nothing to do with twists and turns of plot If you're the type for Trollope you'll stay to the end even when you know the answer to the forgery uestionTrollope's father was a barrister although an utter failure at the bar and Trollope's lawyers are wonderful The much feared Chaffanbrass whom Trollope introduced in The Three Clerks and who will appear again in Phineas Redux appears here in all his glory His skill at cross examination lies not so much in wringing the truth from liars as in making the most innocent and honest of witnesses come across as the sneakiest of perjurers Also representing Lady Mason in the will contest is Sir Thomas Furnival The portrait of the Furnival marriage and its gradual disintegration as Sir Thomas becomes smitten almost innocently with Lady Mason is Trollope at his best


  6. says:

    The plot of Orley Farm is as complex and multilayered as we have come to expect from the pen of Anthony Trollope And the narrative is as filled with authorial asides and conversations between Trollope and his readers as we have come to enjoy This is a book to be read in a leisurely manner without any urgency or rushing Characterizations are brilliant and individual and plot lines interweave and separate creating a tapestry that is always of a whole but with distinctive shades and nuances in every chapterEarly in the novel a destabilizing event occurs Twenty years after a dispute about property has apparently been resolved in the courts a new document is found that triggers a reprise of old contentions and events with results that are unclear until near the very end The reader is left guessing and hypothesizing at every turn Told in the third person omniscient voice the story winds and meanders many characters developing and changing over time none entirely admirable few entirely despicable Trollope’s obligatory fox hunt makes its predictable appearance Descriptions are delightful names are clever diction and syntax please the ear Trollope takes the opportunity in this novel to explore the ethics and s of the legal profession and the justice system even as he indulges himself in the unraveling of love triangles among several families There is a rhythm to his writing that carries the reader along endlessly and subtexts hidden motives and secrets aboundThis is a delightful book one of many by this prolific Victorian novelist


  7. says:

    In a word wow Dare I say it? Yes I prefer Trollope to Dickens less sentimental and fully formed characters Another novel about the machinations of the legal system and how reputations are made and lost with honor and integrity making merely a cameo appearance Trollope confirms the protagonist's guilt in the first few pages so the uestion to be answered is whether she'll get off or not I really should go back and read Bleak House again to compare and contrast the two


  8. says:

    Loved this bookEven though we know the outcome Trollope just draws you inFound this utterly compellingWonderful characters some to love and some to hateIs Lady Mason guilty?You will have to read to find out


  9. says:

    The plot did Lady Mason forge her husband's will to gain his estate for her infant son? covers familiar Trollope territory the promptings of conscience versus financial safety Trollope's most interesting characters are those for whom the uestion is never clear cut Here's Lady Mason considering how a possible second marriage could affect the forgery case being brought against herThen she sat herself down and began to look her future world in the face Two uestions she had to ask Would it be well for her that this marriage should take place? and would it be well for him? In an off hand way she had already answered both uestions; but she had done so by feeling rather than by thoughtNo doubt she would gain much in the coming struggle by such a position as Sir Peregrine would give her It did seem to her that Mr Dockwrath and Joseph Mason would hardly dare to bring such a charge as that threatened against the wife of Sir Peregrine Orme And then too what evidence as to character would be so substantial as the evidence of such a marriage? But how would Mr Furnival her lawyer bear it and if he were offended would it be possible that the fight should be fought without him? No; that would be impossible The lawyer's knowledge experience and skill were as necessary to her as the baronet's position and character But why should Mr Furnival be offended by such a marriage? She did not know she said to herself She could not see that there should be cause of offence But yet some inner whisper of her conscience told her that there would be offence Must Mr Furnival be told; and must he be told at once? That deep character POV is another Trollope speciality and a way of bringing his readers into a reluctant sense of sympathy with his flawed heroine But it's also a way of showing moral development every time we are taken into Lady Mason's POV although superficially she appears to be going over the same points again and again in fact her position shifts imperceptibly each time So when finally view spoiler she admits the forgery hide spoiler


  10. says:

    Did Lady Mason forge her late husband's will?We learn the answer to that uestion early enough but that is not the point to this story Her guilt or innocence is beside the point We must hear from the British class system And of conseuence what of the British system of justice? The word 'verdict' comes from the Latin veredictum and literally means to say the truth Then now here there do not imagine that that hallowed derivation is realityI have an idea that all lawyers are liars a character says early on Trollope and this was my first Trollope shows us that some are and some are not His cynicism is nuanced than that of the uoted character but enough so that he understands a trial is not a search for the truth Speaking as the author to the reader Trollope intrudes himself in this way but not annoyingly Trollope says I cannot understand how any gentleman can be willing to use his intellect for the propagation of untruth and to be paid for so using it The case is deemed to need the services of the brilliant Mr Chaffanbrass who well understood that the defence of injured innocence was no part of his missionAnother lawyer is Solomon Aram highly skilled acutely aware; but a Jew Trollope deals with the anti Semitism matter of factly It made me wince for all the Realism of it but made me also think of Then now here thereOne witness tried to tell the truth but he was spectacularly no good at it so bad in fact that the trial judge charged the jury that they could take it as a given that the witness was stupid With friends after the trial the poor witness hangs his head as despondent as a soul can be One friend in a fortified attempt at commiseration says what does it matter if all the judges in the land was to call him stupid To which another friend solemnly intones Stupid is as stupid does So do not believe that Forrest Gump said it firstThis will not be my last TrollopeThis reminded me repeatedly of a scene from Pete Dexter's Paris Trout Mrs McNutt is on the stand and being cross examinedI told the truth about it You can make it look any which way now but I told how it happenedSeagraves said That's what we called the jury for to decideShe turned then looking directly at them They don't decide what happened she saidIt's already done All they decide is if they gone do something about it less


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