Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Brief Comment: Is He Popenjoy?; A Winter in Geneva

Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope. 2 vols., Oxford (The World's Classics), $0.95 each. A Winter in Geneva by Anne Goodwin Winslow. Knopf, $2.50. Trollope's work suggests again that the Victorian age was one of strong passions and (to our notions) blunted sensibility: a climate apparently favorable to the novel. Popenjoy (1878) concerns the final clash between the bourgeois and the feudal codes of honor: how the principle of Divine Right descended to the race of husbands, and how the weak feudal lord was tamed by the young bourgeoise, his wife (without recourse to Rights of Women). Though Trollope's heart was plainly with the wife, the modern reader---knowing what has come of her victory, perhaps, and finding both codes fantastically irrelevant to his own---may read the comedy any way he likes. But how different from Portrait of a Lady, published two years later, in which a passional or subjective standard of morality was already opposing itself to the combined feudal-bourge

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