in Small House at Allington

Chapter 11 – Social Life

Paris’ gratification at the ten years’ siege at Troy

This reference compares Cradell’s role in motivating his admirer Mrs. Lupex into quarrelling with Amelia Roper to Paris’ role as Helen’s lover in inciting the Trojan War.  The allusion is further strengthened by parallels between Helen’s husband, Menelaus, and Mr. Lupex, who feels that he is losing his wife’s affection to Cradell, who–like Paris–is a younger man.  Trollope here draws a humorous contrast between the relatively mundane event of the women’s argument and the epic war presented in works such as the Iliad.  [EB 2006]

Sources:  Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology.