Introduction by Alistair Grant. Illustrated by David Eccles.
97 pages, published by the Trollope Society, London.
‘And there is much excellent good sense in the mode of riding adopted by such gentlemen. Some men ride for hunting, some for jumping, and some for exercise; some, no doubt, for all three of these things. Given a man with a desire for the latter, no taste for the second, and some partiality for the first, and he cannot do better than ride in the manner I am describing. He may be sure that he will not find himself alone; and he may be sure also that he will incur none of that ridicule which the non-hunting man is disposed to think must be attached to such a pursuit.’
Hunting Sketches is a collection of essays on the hunting life in Victorian England that figured so prominently in many of Trollope’s novels.
Chapters include “The Man Who Hunts and Doesn’t Like It,” “The Man Who Hunts and Does Like it,” “The Lady Who Rides to Hounds,” “The Hunting Farmer,” “The Man Who Hunts and Never Jumps,” “The Hunting Parson,” “The Master of Hounds,” and “How to Ride to Hounds.”
With great humour, Trollope describes the compulsion exercised upon him by the preparations for the hunting season, the boasts to female cousins, and the dressing in the red coat and the hunting boots. But more importantly, he conveys the real fascinations of the sport to such men, and how such men avenge themselves on him by forcing him into the chase when the fox is away.
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