The first of Trollope s popular Barsetshire novels, set in the fictional cathedral town of Barchester, "The Warden "centers on the honorable cleric Septimus Harding, one of Trollope s most memorable characters. When Harding is accused of mismanaging church funds, his predicament lays bare the complexities of the Victorian world and of nineteenth-century provincial life. And, as Louis Auchincloss observes in his Introduction, The theme of "The Warden" presents the kind of social problem that always fascinated Trollope: the inevitable clash of ancient privilege with modern social awareness. "
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