"This is a satirical novel about an American senator, Elias
Gotobed, who, on a visit to England, gladly accepts the hospitality
of his hosts while at the same time criticizing their
society--including a ruthlessly ambitious gold-digger and a sleazy
breach-of-promise suit. Trollope's alternate title, ""The Chronicle
of a Winter at Dillsborough"", is far more descriptive of the book,
which has nothing to do with American politics. "