in Small House at Allington

Chapter 03 – The Widow Dale of Allington

meo periculo

This Latin phrase means “at my own risk.”  The narrator uses it here to qualify his assertion of the “fact” of Mrs. Dale’s inherently lady-like nature in spite of the obscurity of her grandfather.  This aside seems to heighten the sense of class-based tension between Mrs. Dale and Christopher Dale.  [EB 2006]


this and that Apollo

Trollope here describes Mrs. Dale’s potential for attraction to an Apollo-like man, continuing in a general way the allusion originally made by Lily earlier.  [EB 2006]


Rhadamanthine moralists

This phrase refers to the Greek mythological figure Rhadamanthus.  He was the son of Zeus and Europa, and he became a ruler noted for his just nature.  After his death, he became one of the judges of the dead in Hades.  Rhadamanthus’ unbending sense of justice suits Trollope’s description of the social expectation that middle-aged women suddenly become harsh and joyless.  [EB 2006]

Sources:  Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology.


music of the gods

Lily’s voice is described as “sweet…as the music of the gods” to Mrs. Dale.  This refers to the perfect entertainments that the Classical gods were thought to enjoy at their home on Mt Olympus, as depicted–for instance–in the Iliad. [EB 2006]

Sources:  Homer, Iliad 1.601-604.


Phoebus Apollo

Lily revisits her earlier identification of Crosbie and Apollo from Chapter 2.  She references the god’s association with archery, here saying that she will replace the bow with a croquet mallet in her image of Crosbie as Apollo.  She continues the reference by mentioning how Crosbie’s short visit did “not [give] one time even to count his rays,” recalling the image of Apollo as the sun.  [EB 2006]

Sources:  Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology.


Apollo with a gun

Mrs. Dale continues Lily’s Apollo reference as she and Lily discuss Crosbie’s plans to return to Allington for hunting in the fall, saying that Lily will have to change her image of an Apollo with a mallet to one of an “Apollo with a gun.” [EB 2006]


Mr. Apollo Crosbie

Here Lily Dale compares Dr. Crofts to Crosbie, describing Crofts as a better man than “Apollo.”  See above.  [EB 2006]