In 1850s Barsetshire kindly doctor Thorne has brought up his niece Mary, following her father's mysterious death twenty years earlier. Handsome Frank Gresham is in love with her but his snobbish mother Arabella and his aunt, the Countess de Courcy, are aristocrats who look down on her, causing the doctor to reveal to her her lowly origins. Frank's sister Augusta is marrying a boorish older man for money, not love, and Arabella, unlike her more reasonable husband, wants a similar match for Frank with eccentric heiress Miss Dunstable. For all their apparent wealth the Greshams are in debt to Dr Thorne's most illustrious patient, the drunken, dissolute parvenu, Sir Roger Scatcherd, who makes an enigmatic statement to Thorne, regarding his beneficiary and allowing the doctor to identify them.
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Did You Know?
The author of the book, Anthony Trollope, worked at the post office and is credited with inventing the post box in the United Kingdom. See more
At the ball the orchestra plays the waltz Roses from the South by Johann Strauss II. This was not composed until 1880 which was many years after the novel was written (1858) and presumably the story was set. See more
Artist's Life Waltz
Performed by Johann Strauss See more