in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 11 – Griselda Grantly

Griselda Grantly and Classical statuary

In describing Griselda Grantly, Trollope compares her to a Classical statue:  she is “statuesque in her loveliness,” has a forehead “perhaps too like marble” and other well-modeled features including a nose Grecian enough “to be considered as classical.”  Griselda’s demeanor itself reinforces such a comparison.  She shows “no animation,” but sits “still and graceful, composed and classical.”  Trollope’s Classical comparison leaves no doubt as to Griselda’s loveliness of form, but he does leave a reader wondering if such still, statuesque beauty is always to be desired.  In Chapter 11 of The Warden, Trollope discusses the way in which Eleanor Harding’s charm is unlike that of a “marble bust.”  [RR 2005]