object of idolatry
By referring to Eleanor’s baby as an object of her idolatry, Trollope compares him to a “pagan” (i.e. Classical) god. [JC 2005]
fields of asphodel
Trollope compares the company of Eleanor and Signora Neroni, making it quite obvious that Eleanor’s company is the more pleasurable. Madeline’s company is “like falling into a pit,” while being with Eleanor is like walking through pleasant fields of asphodel found in the Underworld. Asphodel in the Underworld is mentioned in book 24 of Homer’s Odyssey. [JC 2005]
Sources: Homer, Odyssey 24.13.
Mrs. Quiverful, supplicant
“…[Mrs. Quiverful] had all but embraced the knees of her patroness and had promised that the prayers of fourteen unprovided babes…should be put up to heaven ….” The image of a supplicant embracing the knees of the patron is a very Classical one. Compare Thetis’ supplication of Zeus in book 1 of Homer’s Iliad. [JC 2005]
Sources: Homer, Iliad 1.500-502.
Rome was not built in a day
Though this is a common saying, it clearly recalls the long history of the rise of ancient Rome. [JC 2005]
Here, Slope’s use of the proverb discordantly likens his pursuit of Eleanor to the building of the great city and its empire. [RR 2011]