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Chapter 12 – Arabella Trefoil

spark of love’s flame

Trollope states that there has been no “spark of love’s flame” shown by Arabella or John Morton.  The equation of love and fire has Classical precedent; an example can be found in book 4 of Vergil’s Aeneid:  Dido’s passion for Aeneas is equated to a fire growing within her and she becomes consumed.  [KS & RR 2012]

Source:  Vergil, Aeneid 4.1-2.