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Barchester Towers - Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17 Summary

Mr. Slope has managed to convince the Bishop that he should appoint Dr. Harding to the wardenship of Hiram's Hospital. The Bishop faces the dilemma of telling his wife that he disagrees with her. Because his wife has always exerted strict authority over him, it is very difficult for him to confront her and tell her that he is not going to do what she wants. He views this conflict as one that will determine whether she will be able to dominate all of his decisions as Bishop.

The confrontation, of course, does not go his way, and he concedes to his wife's point of view. During the argument, however, he lets her know that Mr. Slope has personally sided with Dr. Harding against Mr. Quiverful. Based on this information, Mrs. Proudie begins to formulate her own plans to make Mr. Slope see that she is more...

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