April 16, 2013

The Duke’s Children

“There was a deuce of a row,” said Maule. Then Mr Spooner, who read his “Bell’s Life” and “Field” very religiously, and who never missed an article in “Bayley’s”, proceeded to give them an account of everything that had taken place in the Runnymede Hunt. It mattered but little that he was wrong in all his details. Narrations always are.

–Anthony Trollope, The Duke’s Children (1880)


  1. Daryl Scroggins on April 17th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Hey Coop– Every time I read phrases like “it mattered but little” the smell of old books and a strange set of memories comes to mind. One of them is a summuer view from a treehouse where I sat once with a big stack of Classics Illustrated (“comic books,” as my parents called them). The wonderful images from Robin Hood and Call of the Wild and Mysterious Island are still always slipping from the shadows at the edges of my vision.

    This is not to say that I am a great fan of Trollope. The thought of that many words makes me tired.

  2. Cooper on April 19th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Trollope can sure pile up the words. But I like ’em, even though he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The Duke’s Children is a particularly fine Trollope.