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Ralph the Heir

Anthony Trollope

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

As usual, Trollope creates a nice variety of characters of different English classes, sentiments and positions. The primary themes are the inheritance of property, extravagance or reason in the spending of assets, the mating of young people, and the electoral practices of the time. The election chapters are based on Trollope's own experiences when he ran for Parliament. There are, of course, many subplots which allow Trollope to express, through dialog, his opinions about greed, snobbery, work ethics and dandyism. Trollope probably regretted the duplicative naming of his characters after a while; we have two Gregory Newtons, uncle (and present Squire of Newton) and one of his nephews. Then there are several Ralphs: the (deceased) father, Ralph his son (the heir), and Ralph (not the heir) the son of the uncle Gregory! As they appear, Trollope has to interject "not the heir", or "the other Ralph". Ralph the heir is an extravagant, easy living young man who has spent himself into debt, and is faced with having to either sell his right to the family property, or marrying a wealthy tradesman's (a breeches maker cutely named Mr. Neefit) daughter. Four young women are major characters, and these are sought by the two Ralphs, young Gregory, and a bootmaker, Ontario Moggs (don't you love the names?). These include the fairly sedate daughters of the family lawyer, a ravishing West Indian beauty come to live with them, and the tradesman's daughter. There are the classic novel "misunderstandings" from errors in communication; while the reader knows the real circumstances, the characters can't resolve issues apparently standing in the way of love or friendship. This is one of the few novels in which the reader can applaud such a misunderstanding, keeping the undeserving heir from unmerited success in his wooing. ( Arnold Banner)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

23h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

28:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

34:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

28:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

31:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

39:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

26:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

25:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

38:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

22:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

35:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

28:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

26:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

21:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

29:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

18:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

18:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

12:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

21:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

29:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

20:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:04