London Seminar Group – Sweetmeats and Sugar-Plums?

This seminar will be introduced by Peter Fullilove. Peter’s seminar “Sweetmeats and Sugar-plums?” will be based on his dissertation on “Endings of Trollope Novels”.

In this seminar, we’ll be discussing the way Trollope concludes his fiction. Do his novels conform to the stereotypical ‘happy ending’ of Victorian fiction or are they more ambiguous? Does everyone at the last get what they deserve? This will be a loose discussion of themes in Trollope’s endings, but with some reference to Doctor Thorne (1858), The Claverings (1867), and The Way We Live Now (1875). Whilst they all take different approaches to the happy ending motif, these three novels were also written at different stages of Trollope’s career, allowing us to discuss whether Trollope’s ideas about happiness – and life more broadly – change over time.  This should be a lively discussion, and we look forward to seeing you there.


Trollope Society Seminar Groups

Seminar groups are run by the Trollope Society. Seminar groups are a great way to read Trollope. With so many novels to choose from they provide an excellent reason to read the lesser well known works, as well as to reread the favourites! Each seminar is led by one of the members of the group, and everyone’s participation is welcomed. They are a friendly and relaxed way to enjoy Trollope, share your thoughts as well as find out more from other enthusiasts.

Non-members of the Society are very welcome to come to a seminar. If they enjoy it and want to come to this or other events in future please ask afterwards for details of membership. The contact is Nicky Barnes at

The cost is £12 payable on the day.

Address: St. Giles in the Fields Church, 60 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8LG