March 15, 2015

The divine Mrs. P.

Dr. Proudie may well be said to have been a fortunate man, for he was not born to wealth, and he is now Bishop of Barchetser; but nevertheless he has his cares. He has a large family, of whom the three eldest are daughters, now all grown-up and fit for fashionable life; and he has a wife. It is not my intention to breathe a word against the character of Mrs. Proudie, but still I cannot think that with all her virtues she adds much to her husband's happiness. The truth is that in all matters domestic she rules supreme over her titular lord, and rules with a rod of iron. Nor is this all. Things domestic Mr. Proudie might have abandoned to her, if not voluntarily, yet willingly. But Mrs, Proudie is not satisfied with such home dominion, and stretches her power over all his movements, and will not even abstain from things spiritual. In fact, the bishop is henpecked.

Barchester Towers, Chapter 3

Wonderful to be back in Barchester again, and wonderful to be reading about Mrs. P and seeing and hearing the late Geraldine McEwan in my mind's eye. {Her voice!  Perfect.}  I always thought she was the best Miss Marple, too. :)


JoAnn said...

I love the way Trollope introduces his characters - Mrs. P. is certainly a piece of work! Barchester Towers is such a wonderful book. I can't get enough of these people.

Lisa said...

As much as I love Geraldine McEwan, I can't picture her as Mrs. P - partly because I keep hearing her as Miss Marple! But my mental image of Mrs. P is of someone more physically imposing.

Sunday Taylor said...

This passage makes me want to go back and reread Barchester Towers. I love the last line: "In fact, the bishop was henpecked." And I love Geraldine McEwan. Wasn't she also in "Mapp and Lucia" many years ago?

Audrey said...

Hi, Sunday,
Yes, now that you mention it, I remember that. I think its her voice that makes her roles so memorable.