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The clerks or 'navvies' are the hoi polloi of the Civil Service thoughtless, rollicking young men, who 'dive at midnight hours into Shades, and know all the back parlours of all the public-houses in the neighbourhood of the Strand' (ch. ii). Charley is idle and improvident, gets into debt, flirts and comes perilously near marrying a barmaid. In the narrative one notices the intensity of Charley's self-disgust. which is not unlike Trollope's excessive condemnation of his own past in the Autobiography : 'I was entirely without control,- without the influences of any decent household around me' (ch.

His note to Charles Lee Lewes after her death was touchingly brief: 'I did love her dearly. That I admired her was a matter of course. But my affection for her was thorough and the wound, though not such as yours or poor Cross's, is severe' (805, pp. 446-7). Yet their dissimilarity as artists is easily apparent, and a measure of Trollope's lesser rank. Where Eliot yielded little to public taste Trollope deliberately compromised, setting conscious limitations to the time he would work, the kind of article he would manufacture.

He always did'. 53 As youths they spent much time together, no doubt discussing their hapless father, about whom the whole family revolved in awe and dislike. Once they did a fourteen-mile walk to Vauxhall, and it was Anthony, clumsy and awkward as he was, who danced all night. Ties strengthened as they grew older, and although Anthony was oddly out of place among the marble pillars and armour of the Vilino Trollope, they confided in each other about their work (Tom provided the plot of Dr. Thorne) and their families.

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