Retold by Clare West
CEFR B2 — C1
Word count 29,520
Mrs Proudie, the warlike wife of the new Bishop of Barchester, brings the Reverend Slope into the Bishop’s Palace to help dominate her husband and the local clergy. But Slope is a snake in the grass, determined to win advancement for himself – even to fight Mrs Proudie.
Their battle becomes a furious dance, involving rich, pretty Widow Bold, angry Archdeacon Grantly, man-eating Signora Neroni, confused Parson Quiverful and his fourteen noisy children.
This classic comedy is Trollope’s most famous novel.