Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1873
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Oxford Worlds Classics
My Copy Oxford paperback
First Read September 19, 2021

Phones Redux



Palliser is working on decimal coinage as a pet project at the beginning. This book was written in 1873. The tone about decimal coinage is that it's a reasonable idea that would benefit everybody and yet will never, ever actually pass through Parliament. And a reminder for me, since I have to look this up every time: 12 pence to the shilling, 20 shillings to the pound, and a guinea was 21 shillings. I looked it up: The UK didn't switch to decimal coins until 1971! Like a hundred years after this book!

Noted on September 19, 2021

Trollope has been my 'reach for this between more timely books' kind of comfort reading for the last few years. This is a fun one in the Palliser series - Trollope can really stretch his legs when he gets to parliament stuff.

Noted on September 19, 2021

But Mr. Slide did not know that he was lying, and did not know that he was malicious. The weapon which he used was one to which his hand was accustomed, and he had been led by practice to believe that the use of such weapons by one in his position was not only fair, but also beneficial to the public. Had anybody suggested to him that he was stabbing his enemy in the dark, he would have averred that he was doing nothing of the kind, because the anonymous accusation of sinners in high rank was, on behalf of the public, the special duty of writers and editors attached to the public press. Mr. Slide's blood was running high with virtuous indignation against our hero as he inserted those last cruel words as to the choice of an obscure but honest profession.

Quoted on September 19, 2021

Editors of newspapers are self-willed, arrogant, and stiff-necked, a race of men who believe much in themselves and little in anything else, with no feelings of reverence or respect for matters which are august enough to other men...

Quoted on September 19, 2021

There is no harder life than this. Here and there we may find a man who has so trained himself that day after day he can devote his mind without compulsion to healthy pursuits, who can induce himself to work, though work be not required from him for any ostensible object, who can save himself from the curse of misusing his time, though he has for it no defined and necessary use; but such men are few, and are made of better metal than was Mr. Maule.

Quoted on September 19, 2021


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