Donal McCann as Phineas near the close of Phineas Redux (1974-75 Pallisers 9:18, just before he is exonerated by the efforts of Madame Max Goesler)
Dear friends and readers,
Another kind of schedule: not a syllabus, but the calendar (made by the author) we will be following for reading John Wirenius’s Phineas at Bay (a sequel to Trollope’s Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux) on Trollope19thCStudies. This is the first time I’ve put this kind of schedule onto a blog, the first time in years on Trollope19thCStudies or any of my three lists we’ve had a precise schedule, but it does help everyone to be reading together. (As I wrote I can no longer put this kind of thing on my website — at least not until I hire an expert to help me maintain it and build a new simple one for new material).
This sequel begins well after The Duke’s Children: the Duchess has died, and her children married but here is one of my favorite stills,
We start tomorrow, Sunday, 11/30/2014 and over each week read the following together:
Week 1: Prologue–Chapter 10 (Facilis descensus Averno)
Week 2: Chapter 11 (Sir William McScuttle)-Chapter 18 (Matching Priory)
Week 3: Chapter 19 (Phineas for the Defence)-Chapter 27 (A Drink From the Soup-plate of Honour)
Week 4: Prologue-Chapter 10 (Nunc Dimittis)
Week 5: Chapter 11 (Barchester Towers)-Chapter 20 (In the Midst of Death, We Are in Life)
Week 6: Chapter 21 (Ill Met By Moonlight) to Chapter 27 (The Turn of the Wheel)
“For Those Who Enjoy Peering Behind the Curtain ” is just what it says, and so should be optional.
Barbara Murray as Madame Max Goesler at Matching Priory after Phineas has been exonerated but before he comes to MP to ask her to marry him and return to public life (Phineas Redux, Pallisers 9:19).
Now, gentle reader, where were you in 1974-75? Jim and I were watching the Pallisers on our black-and-white TV in New York City, both of us in tandem reading Trollope’s parliamentary novels (as they were then called) for the first time.