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Doctor Thorne
Anthony Trollope

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DOCTOR THORNE 

CHAPTER I 

THE GRESHAMS OF GRESHAMSBURY 

Before the reader is introduced to the modest country medical
practitioner who is to be the chief personage of the following tale, it
will be well that he should be made acquainted with some particulars as
to the locality in which, and the neighbours among whom, our doctor
followed his profession. 

There is a county in the west of England not so full of life, indeed,
nor so widely spoken of as some of its manufacturing leviathan brethren
in the north, but which is, nevertheless, very dear to those who know
it well.  Its green pastures, its waving wheat, its deep and shady
and--let us add--dirty lanes, its paths and stiles, its tawny-coloured,
well-built rural churches, its avenues of beeches, and frequent Tudor
mansions, its constant county hunt, its social graces, and the general

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