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H. S. Escott, an early and knowledgeable critic, presented 'a true picture of the country, a true insight into its people'; 32 and the last of these novels, The Landleaguers, unfinished when Trollope died, has been described as 'the closest he ever came to writing documentary fiction'. 33 In Trollope's travel books we get only rare glimpses ofhis 'inner life', carefully kept out of his Autobiography. In Travelling Sketches he dwelt more on nature than on society: 'to be able to be happy at rest among the mountains is better than a capacity for talking French in saloons'.
Trinidad was judged favourably in comparison with Jamaica because it had imported ten or twelve thousand immigrants from Madras and Calcutta during the previous eight years and had in consequence reached a far higher level of work and prosperity. ' 53 It is fitting, perhaps, that Trollope's most persistent West Indian critic this century has been the late Prime Minister of Trinidad, Eric Williams. Curiously, however, he said little of Trollope's relatively favourable views of Trinidad and concentrated on his unfavourable views of Jamaica.
I saw the wheat running in rivers from one vessel into another, and from the railroad up into the huge bins on the top stores of the warehouse. I saw corn measured by the forty-bushel measures with as much ease as we measure an ounce of cheese, and with greater rapidity. I ascertained that the work went on weekday and Sunday, day and night incessantly; rivers of wheat and rivers of maize ever running. I saw the men bathed in corn as they distributed it in its flow. I saw bins by the score laden with wheat, in each of which bins there was space for a comfortable residence.
Trollope Centenary Essays by John Halperin