Sweetmeats & Sugar-Plums?
Peter Fullilove leads a seminar on the conclusions of Trollope’s novels and asks are they really made up of ‘Sweetmeats and Sugar-Plums?’
In his talk Peter explores way Trollope both conforms and subverts the stereotypical ‘happy ending’ of Victorian fiction.
- Are these universally happy endings or are they more ambiguous?
- Is marriage enough to justify an otherwise gloomy novel classification as a comedy?
Please note that this talk contains plot spoilers, including a discussion of the endings of The Way We Live Now and Doctor Thorne.