Monday, 4 May 2015

Monster Mondays - Mr Obadiah Slope

My sis, Tasha, has decided that Mondays should belong to Monsters, whether that is talking about our favourites, drawing them, writing fiction about them, or even inventing them. And, in that vein, I thought I'd join in her new venture, Monster Mondays :). If you want to join in too, then just click on the banner and head to Tasha's blog to add you post.

So, for my first Monster Monday post, I am going to introduce you to a human monster, someone who has made themselves a monster by being the most odious man in Anthony Trollope's Barchester, Mr Obadiah Slope.

Mr Slope arrives in sleepy Barchester as chaplain to the new Bishop, Proudie. He is young and full of zealous ideas, which upsets the stalwarts of Barchester's clergy - he is a cat among the proverbial pigeons. However, what sets him apart from other young men of God is his utter self-serving ambition. Mr Slope is the slimiest, most callous, manipulative toad I have ever had the joy to read, and he is also played to perfection by a young Alan Rickman in the BBC's 1982 adaptation, The Barchester Chronicles.

Mr Slope (whose name is best pronounced by Geraldine McEwan, who played Mrs Proudie, with a long drawn out 'sl', a disdainful 'oh' and a precise 'p!', sl - oh -p! :) ) conducts himself as if he speaks for the bishop in all things. He stirs feelings, he lauds his position, and he is not afraid to ruin others' lives if he thinks it will further his own position. And, worst of all, he sets his conniving cap at Mrs Eleanor Bold, young widow of Barchester and beloved daughter of Mr Harding, a soft-hearted and dear, dear clergyman! Where will his loathsomeness end? Will the lovely young widow, whose income is all the scheming chaplain is after, fall for Slope's wiles? You'll have to read, or watch Barchester Towers to find out! ;P

Tell me about an odious character you love to hate.


  1. It is a little odd, but most monsters I have really come to hate are the faceless bureaucracies that haunt the lives of people like Yossarian in Catch 22. This really opens some places and things for thought. It is a great question, thanks.

    1. I can understand where you're coming from - when people work en masse behind a faceless bureaucracy, they can become villains, obsessed by the wrong things, driving their own small success and ignoring why they were put in that position in the first place.

  2. Alan Rickman plays great villains. I haven't seen him in the BBC's adaptation, but the picture says he rocked the roll.


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