The story is a great classic It was a book read by Jane Austin But, this version of the needs formatting help It was hard to read due to the text style and format. Fun read Got the name of this book from reading The Bronte Plot , and thought I would give it a try Loved it, though it did drag a little with all the hardships the family had to endure and people dying and then coming back, is this the show Dallas This is one of those books that get mentioned in high school English or did anyway , but which no one ever reads any, probably because it is so dated Basically, this is a sort of morality tale The protagonist and his family go through a series of calamities, each worse than the preceding one, and then in the last little bit, it all comes out well in the end.Parts of the book reminded me of cite Pride and Prejudice cite The protagonist was a bit like Mr Bennet, well meaning, moralistic and somewhat ineffectual His wife was a silly woman who spent her time scheming up ways to marry off her daughters.There were a number of moral digressions, which seemed to me rather apropos to our current situation Which is to say, scoundrels and corruption have ever been with us and have ever shared a pretty common strain.Anyway, it was an enjoyable read, although not at the top of my list of favorites. I know this book is a classic and everything, but it was so hard for me to read I did not enjoy it My expectations were high because this book is mentioned in Little Women and Emma. When Dr Primrose Loses His Fortune In A Disastrous Investment, His Idyllic Life In The Country Is Shattered And He Is Forced To Move With His Wife And Six Children To An Impoverished Living On The Estate Of Squire Thornhill Taking To The Road In Pursuit Of His Daughter, Who Has Been Seduced By The Rakish Squire, The Beleaguered Primrose Becomes Embroiled In A Series Of Misadventures Encountering His Long Lost Son In A Travelling Theatre Company And Even Spending Time In A Debtor S Prison Yet Primrose, Though Hampered By His Unworldliness And Pride, Is Sustained By His Unwavering Religious Faith In The Vicar Of Wakefield, Goldsmith Gently Mocks Many Of The Literary Conventions Of His Day From Pastoral And Romance To The Picaresque Infusing His Story Of A Hapless Clergyman With Warm Humour And Amiable Social Satire