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Editor’s Note: Anthony Trollope, beloved by lawyers according to The New Yorker, wrote Dr. Thorne as the third part of The Chronicles of Barsetshiire where life revolves around rank and money. In this excerpt, young Frank Gresham meets with a London lawyer in an attempt to save his father’s estates. By twelve o’clock Frank was with Messrs Slow and Bideawhile. Mr. Bideawhile was engaged at the moment, but he found the managing Chancery clerk to be a very chatty gentleman. Judging from what he saw...

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