Saturday, 4 January 2014

Yes, money does matters ~ to all of us!

Many of us are oddly uncomfortable about money, and either through embarrassment or evasion readily dismiss it as unimportant, even as a subject of bad taste.  This attitude is inherent in the slang term, 'filthy lucre'.  This is clearly crazy, as we all need money to get by, as a means of exchange for food, goods and services, and a roof over our heads. 

Difficult it may be, but in my view English novelist Anthony Trollope got it exactly right when he said:
“If honest men did not squabble for money, in this wicked world of ours, the dishonest men would get it all, and I do not see that the cause of virtue would be much improved”.
This quote is from the novel "Barchester Towers".  Trollope gives the line to Archdeacon Dr Theophilus Grantly in his conversation with Septimus Harding in Chapter XIV,  The New Champion.

Trollope (1815 - 1882) knew all about financial troubles first-hand: during his childhood both parents suffered one financial eclipse after another until his mother turned to writing and thereafter made a good living from it!  

Barchester Towers is one of a series of books set in Victorian England entitled the  "Chronicles of Barsetshire".  Although it is many years since I have read them I highly recommend them for holiday reads, or at any other time for that matter.  The world of Barsetshire is chock full of human warmth, as well as coldness, exactly the characters that we both love and hate, with all the attendant tensions and dilemmas of real life, from the crashingly mundane to the highest of moral questioning.  Trollope wisely knew that in life the best answers any of us arrive at are likely to lead us on to other trials which are equally testing! 

The sequence of the series is as follows:
  • The Warden
  • Barchester Towers
  • Doctor Thorne
  • Framley Parsonage
  • The Small House at Allington
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset
 I think it's time I read them again!

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