in Dr. Wortle's School

Chapter 24 – Mary’s Success

the degree should be given up

Trollope suggests that Lord Carstairs may eventually give up the pursuit of his degree at Oxford in order to marry Mary.  If Lord Carstairs does do so, he would be valuing his romantic commitment over scholarship.  In a way, this would reflect the choice of Mr. Peacocke, who decided to leave St. Louis with Mrs. Peacocke instead of ending their relationship and keeping his job there.  [BL 2013]