in Small House at Allington

Chapter 14 – John Eames Takes a Walk

pastoral imagery and John Eames

“He wandered about through the old Manor woods….” Throughout the novel, Trollope places John in pastoral settings in the countryside of Guestwick and Allington.  It is possible that the poetic and love-ridden John is much like the poets in Theocritus’ Idylls or Vergil’s Eclogues. These poems are often in pastoral settings and the speakers often sing of unrequited love.  Therefore Trollope may have implicitly represented John as a pastoral poet.  [KD 2006]


tablets of his mind

When John writes a letter “on the tablets of his mind” to Amelia Roper, he falls asleep under the tree.  For the Classical association of this phrase, see the commentary for Chapter 2.  [KD 2006]