in Old Man's Love

Chapter 10 – John Gordon Again Goes to Croker’s Hall

rush at his subject

John Gordon does not feel like he can delay talking with Mr. Whittlestaff about Mary Lawrie; indeed, “[h]e must rush at his subject.” Trollope’s phrasing may recall Horace’s description of Homer in the Ars Poetica: semper ad eventum festinat et in medias res…auditorem rapit (“Homer always hastens toward the issue and snatches a listener into the middle of things”). Although John Gordon might wish his approach to the sensitive topic could be otherwise, at least it is Classically approved. [RR 2018]