in Dr. Wortle's School

Chapter 08 – The Story is Told

Mr. Peacocke’s Greek verbs and a passage from Caesar

Mr. Peacocke has concerns weighing on his distracted mind, but he is still able to teach his students their Classical material effectively.  Yet, as he ironically says to Clifford junior in a kind of vicarious reprimand, “Caesar wants all your mind.”  [JE 2014]


nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa

As he did in Chapter 6 (see commentary on dabit Deus), Mr. Peacocke again quotes a Classical text when discussing his personal situation with Lord Carstairs.  This time Mr. Peacocke’s source is Horace, and the quotation can be translated “to be conscious of no guilt, to turn pale at no blame.”  Mr. Peacocke uses Horace to express his ethical standard of being right with himself.  Trollope quotes the same bit of Horace in The Claverings (see commentary for Chapter 43) and The Last Chronicle of Barset (see commentary for Chapter 62).  [RR 2014]

Source:  Horace, Epistle 1.1.61.