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.