ambition is a great vice
“And ambition is a great vice–as Mark Antony told us a long time ago…” This is a reference to the Mark Antony of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. In that play, Mark Antony gives a speech in which he berates Brutus for being ambitious, which was a trait that Brutus himself had accused Julius Caesar of having. This is of course, not a Classical source, but a very English one that hearkens back to ancient Rome. [JC 2005]
Sources: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 3.2.
chaplain pro tem
When Mrs. Proudie first meets Mark Robarts, she likes him and thinks that he could make a nice honorary chaplain “pro tem” (= pro tempore) which means “for a time.” Americans will recognize pro tem as the title given to the person in the United States Senate who presides when the president of the Senate is absent. [JC 2005]