decency and propriety
Decency and propriety are here described as entities which “flee” Mrs. Roper. This is similar to many Classical personifications, particularly that of Aidos, or Propriety, found in Hesiod’s Works and Days, who is described as forsaking humanity at the end of the the current Age of Iron, a far more dramatic context than Mrs. Roper’s situation. [EB 2006]
Sources: Hesiod, Works and Days, 197-200.
Here he had strung together his rhymes….
John Eames is described as having composed poetry about his love for Lily Dale while walking through the woods near Guestwick Manor. This parallels the situation of the archetypal pastoral youth who pines for his beloved in idyllic rural settings. [EB 2006]