This is an incredibly long book. I am reading it for non-fiction November. It is 28 chapters long, so at a chapter a day, I will finish before December 1. There are actually an addition 75 pages of back matter, notes, citations, etc. The whole book is enormous.
Today's chapter begins with Patrick Bronte, a young Irish man, who travels to England to make his way in the evangelical church. He is from a town called Drumballeyroney, which is one of the most awesome names for a town ever. His father was not a gentleman, and Patrick himself was extremely poor, so his accomplishment of getting in Cambridge without a classical education, attending without any family backing, and then graduating with first class honors is remarkable indeed.
The first chapter also goes into detail about his first curacy, and his wooing of a young woman whom he ends up not marrying. It was all very Trollopeian in a Chronicles of Barset sort of a way.