Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, The by TROLLOPE, Anthony

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Synopsis

Billed as a satire concerning the dishonest advertising and business practices of the day, it tells the tale of an upstart clothing business doomed from the get-go to utter failure. Its senior partner (the elderly Brown, who provides the investment) is far too timid for business. His son-in-law (Jones, who runs the store) is stealing from the till, and the junior partner, Robinson (who writes advertisements for the store) is so obsessed with the idea that advertising alone will drive the business, he uses up every last penny of the capital investment in a series of increasingly ludicrous ad campaigns and publicity stunts. Thrown into this mix are the two daughters of Brown, who are equally cold and calculating. The elder (married to Jones) is constantly trying to wring money out of the old man, and the younger, Maryanne, spends the entire novel playing off of two potential suitors, Robinson, or Brisket the butcher (one of Trollopes wonderful examples of ironic character naming). (above summary by Steve Forsyth, Texas) Nevertheless, Trollope shows considerable sympathy for the risks faced by small businessmen (and also notes the vulnerability of writers to over-ready critics); Robinson is to publish his experiences in the Cornhill Magazine, a prominent journal for over 100 years, in which many Victorians serialized novels (including this one). In the final chapter there is a surprising ennoblement of Robinson, and a very positive ending (final comments by Arnold Banner)

Episodes

  • George Robinsons Dream

    George Robinson's Dream

    15/09/2016 Duration: 13min
  • Farewell

    Farewell

    15/09/2016 Duration: 20min
  • Wasteful and Impetuous Sale

    Wasteful and Impetuous Sale

    15/09/2016 Duration: 26min
  • Mr. Brown is Taken Ill

    Mr. Brown is Taken Ill

    15/09/2016 Duration: 29min
  • Showing How Mr. Brisket Didnt See His Way

    Showing How Mr. Brisket Didn't See His Way

    15/09/2016 Duration: 14min
  • George Robinsons Marriage

    George Robinson's Marriage

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • An Evening at the Goose and Gridiron

    An Evening at the "Goose and Gridiron"

    15/09/2016 Duration: 21min
  • A Tea-party in Bishopsgate Street

    A Tea-party in Bishopsgate Street

    15/09/2016 Duration: 23min
  • Showing How Robinson Walked Upon Roses

    Showing How Robinson Walked Upon Roses

    15/09/2016 Duration: 19min
  • Miss Brown Names the Day

    Miss Brown Names the Day

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • Mistress Morony

    Mistress Morony

    15/09/2016 Duration: 25min
  • The Wisdom of Poppins

    The Wisdom of Poppins

    15/09/2016 Duration: 19min
  • Samson and Delilah

    Samson and Delilah

    15/09/2016 Duration: 17min
  • Johnson of Manchester

    Johnson of Manchester

    15/09/2016 Duration: 26min
  • Showing How the Firm Invented a New Shirt

    Showing How the Firm Invented a New Shirt

    15/09/2016 Duration: 21min
  • Showing How Mr. Robinson was Employed on the Opening Day

    Showing How Mr. Robinson was Employed on the Opening Day

    15/09/2016 Duration: 20min
  • Mr. Brisket Thinks He Sees His Way, and Mr. Robinson again Walks on Blackfriars Bridge

    Mr. Brisket Thinks He Sees His Way, and Mr. Robinson again Walks on Blackfriars Bridge

    15/09/2016 Duration: 25min
  • Miss Brown Pleads Her Own Case, and Mr. Robinson Walks on Blackfriars Bridge

    Miss Brown Pleads Her Own Case, and Mr. Robinson Walks on Blackfriars Bridge

    15/09/2016 Duration: 15min
  • It is Our Opening Day

    It is Our Opening Day

    15/09/2016 Duration: 13min
  • The Division of Labour

    The Division of Labour

    15/09/2016 Duration: 23min
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