in Warden

Chapter 13 – The Warden’s Decision

the rants of a tragedy heroine!

Eleanor is described as a tragic heroine.  She was depicted in a similar fashion in Chapter 11, when first depicted as an Iphigenia.  However, the description of Eleanor in this chapter also marks the end of the Iphigenia theme surrounding her.  The Greek Iphigenia is considered a tragic heroine because of the ordeal she suffered in support of her father, Agamemnon.  She was needed by Agamemnon as a sacrifice to Artemis.  Without her being sacrificed, the Greek ships would not have been able to sail to Troy.  Her mother and their supporters opposed the sacrifice, but it was Iphigenia who made the choice to acquiesce to her father’s will.  Eleanor is very much like Iphigenia.  In all of these events Eleanor acts independently.  She is not ordered by her father to make any sacrifice.  She is willing to sacrifice her love for John Bold, in order that her father’s interests are served.  [TH 2005]

Sources:  Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis.


Crabtree Parva

Upon resigning from the wardenship, Mr. Harding will rely on his position as pastor for Crabtree Parva.  Only a small income and house are attached to this living, and the very name of the place reinforces this fact, since “Parva” is a form of the Latin adjective parvus, meaning “small.”  Notice how many markers of smallness Trollope packs into one and half sentences:  “Crabtree Parva was the name of a small living which Mr. Harding had held as a minor canon, and which still belonged to him.  It was only worth some eighty pounds a year, and a small house and glebe….”  Also notice in this passage how readers who know the Latin meaning of parvus are given an intimation of the smallness before readers who do not.  Nevertheless, Trollope makes sure that less Classically inclined readers are not alienated; Trollope does not depend wholly on “Parva” to paint his picture of Mr. Harding’s possible future home.  See the entries for Crabtree Parva and Crabtree Canonicorum in the Proper Names list.  [RR 2014]