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The Struggles of Brown Jones & Robinson

The Struggles of Brown Jones & Robinson

George Robinson, the youthful narrator of the story, retired butter dealer Mr Brown, and Mr Jones, together set up a haberdashery in Bishopsgate Street, called Magenta House: ‘magenta from the roof to the window tops.’ Despite a huge advertising campaign, for which George is responsible, a lack of capital leads the trio into shady dealings and then bankruptcy.

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9781870587716


The Struggles of Brown, Jones & Robinson

Introduced by Juliet McMaster

ISBN 9781870587716

176 Pages Hardback

Publication 2000

In August 1857, Trollope commenced this, his twelfth novel. His intention, he wrote, was to make a ‘hit at the present system of advertising’, another part of his unofficial campaign against dishonesty in public life. But the work was virtually abandoned two weeks later, and Trollope did not return to his (for him) unusual foray into the lower middle-class world of the retail trade until 1861, just after he had completed Orley Farm.

George is in love with Maryanne Brown, the daughter of his partner, but Maryanne is also the object of another character’s affections, William Brisket, a butcher from Aldersgate Street. Brisket will only marry Maryanne with her dowry of £500. When the haberdashery goes bankrupt, George loses Maryanne, who is in turn rejected by the butcher when he discovers that she is now penniless. Matters are further complicated by the discovery that Mr Jones, the third partner, has swindled the other two out of a considerable sum. The irrepressible George is left at the end as impecunious as he began, but determined once again to bounce back and make his fortune in the world.

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