in Claverings

Chapter 14 – Count Pateroff and His Sister

he was no longer an Adonis when he married her

Count Pateroff, the late Lord Ongar’s close friend, makes this dramatic comparison of Lord Ongar and Adonis in a conversation with Harry Clavering.  In Greek mythology, Adonis was Aphrodite’s handsome young lover, but everyone knew that there was no love between Lord and Lady Ongar.  Pateroff also draws a sharp contrast here between the physical status of Adonis and Lord Ongar, the latter of whom had fallen far from his prime and was in ill health when he married.  [SH 2012]

Source:  OCD.