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Chapter 05 – Amantium Irae Amoris Integratio

Amantium Irae Amoris Integratio

Like the title of Chapter 1, this is also a quotation from Terence’s Andria.  It means, “lovers’ quarrels are love’s renewal.”  In Terence’s play, the words are spoken by Chremes.  Simo comes to Chremes, saying that a quarrel has arisen between Glycerium and Pamphilus, and Simo is hopeful that it will put an end to their relationship.  That is when Chremes cautions that “lovers’ quarrels are love’s renewal.”  In this chapter, Mrs. Robarts and Lady Lufton have a fight over the behavior of Mark Robarts while he is away.  Mrs. Robarts stands up for her husband against the criticism levied against him by Lady Lufton.  This act creates a division between them.  Later, Lady Lufton comes to see Mrs. Robarts and apologizes to her.  In the end their relationship seems no worse for the fight.  In a sense their friendship was renewed by the quarrel that arose between them.  [TH 2005]

Sources:  Terence, Andria 555. Link to Riley’s translation of the Andria at Perseus.


corrupter of youth

This was the charge against Socrates, and it is here being used as a descriptor for the Duke of Omnium.  It could be said of both of these men that they instructed the many young men around them in a particular school of philosophy.  However, while the philosophy of Socrates was one that sought out the truth concerning moral character in opposition to the sophistical views circulating at the time, the Duke of Omnium is responsible for drawing prominent youth into a decadent and worldly culture that both advances them politically and bankrupts them morally.  This, at least, is the perspective found at Framley Court, and it is this culture that Mark Robarts seeks to ingratiate himself into by the company of Mr. Sowerby in order to advance his own position.  [TH 2005]