I’ve started Framley Parsonage by Trollope this week. Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly reading his Barsetshire series. I loved Dr. Thorne last year and had planned to read Framley Parsonage sooner but didn’t get to it.
Since I’ve just started, I only have two quotes to share but as Trollope has wonderful insight into people and much wisdom, I’m sure I’ll have more to share as I make my way through the book.
“…if high principles without asperity, female gentleness without weakness, a love of laughter without malice, and a true loving heart, can qualify a woman to be a parson’s wife, then was Fanny Monsell qualified to fill that station.”
“She liked cheerful, quiet, well-to-do people, who loved their Church, their country, and their Queen, and who were not too anxious to make a noise in the world. “
I love that description of Fanny, Mark Robard’s wife. I aspire to have those same qualities myself. The second quote reminded me of 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”