Chapter 80 – Conclusion

June 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments

honour and glory

Mrs. Masters is described as enjoying the “honour and glory” of Hoppet Hall, where the Masters family moved after Mary and Reginald married.  However, her former polemics against the wealthy, landed upperclass has perhaps made her self-conscious about living in such a nice home, so she does not admit her pleasure.  The phrase “honour and glory” has a Classical aura, and in Greek epic, a hero’s worth is made publicly manifest through material possessions.  Mrs. Masters enjoys the elevation of the family’s status and reputation as made clear in their new home, but she will not explicitly own to it.  [CD & RR 2012]

 

thunderclap

Mary’s attitude to Reginald is one of submissive reverence.  She’s deifies him, i.e. treats him much like a Greek or Roman god.  The “thunderclap” that Mary used to describe her realization that Reginald loves her becomes an oblique reference to Zeus/Jupiter, the king of the gods, with whom thunder was associated.  The connection to Zeus/Jupiter is furthered by the idea of kingship that is connected with Reginald through his name, which is related to rex, “king,” and through the earlier description of Mary as queen of Bragton.  [CD 2012]

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