|Wharfedale (1872), John Atkinson Grimshaw|
The situation of Lady Carbury is a little different. A widow with an income of £1000 a year, she quickly realizes that is not enough money, having a son like Felix who is a spendthrift. Therefore, she pursues a literary career, though without any training, producing the book Criminal Queens, a factually challenged historical work. Her scheme is to solicit favorable reviews of her work from three editors of popular newspapers of the day, hoping they will overlook the the fact that the work lacks true scholarship. Called "false from head to foot" (Ch. 2)), she evens uses her feminine qualities to appeal to one editor in particular, Mr. Broune. Lady Carbury does not refuse to work but looks for the easy way out, never once suggesting that Felix himself should work but instead enabling his laziness.
As an antithesis these lazy characters, all dwelling in the city of London, Trollope introduces John Crumb, who lives outside the city. Crumb is engaged to Ruby Ruggles, who rejects Crumb because of his poverty as well as his lack of education and elegance.
Crumb, a "dealer in meal and pollard" (Ch. 18), shows up to a dinner at the Ruggles home covered with evidence of his work, his uncouth appearance repulses Ruby. Preferring Felix, Ruby is drawn to the latter's physical characteristics (good-looking, well-groomed, though clothed carelessly) but ignores his flaws and inability to support her, unlike Crumb, who though "the dustiest of all men" (Ch. 18) is "afraid of no work" (Ch. 33).
It is only through misuse that Ruby is able to appreciate Crumb as the better man. As a result, he is one of the few characters in the book that ends up happy with the love of his life while maintaining his integrity.