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Mr Scarboroughs Family (original 1883; edition 1998)
Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope (1883)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192818082, Paperback)The son of a barrister, Trollope was fascinated by the workings of the legal system. This novel, his last major work, is dominated by the figure of John Scarborough, a wealthy squire who contrives from his deathbed to defeat the law of entail. Seeking to bequeath his estate to the worthier of his two sons, he subjects them to a testing examination and, in the process, baffles his lawyers and scandalizes society. The social world also comes under scrutiny as Trollope explores the codes of conduct governing courtship and marriage, money-lending, gambling and other subjects as he records the conflict between law and justice, and the passing of traditional values. The text is that of the first edition of 1883 and includes a number of textual emendations.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:48 -0400)
On his deathbed, Mr Scarborough hands his lawyer papers showing did not marry his wife until after the birth of his son Mountjoy. This means Mountjoy - a compulsive gambler who is already in debt - is illegitimate and will not inherit his fortune. Instead, Mr Scarborough's second son, a barrister, becomes heir. But it is far from a happy ending as the barrister is a manipulative and evil man, plotting to push his father into an early grave.
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