in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 14 – Sentence of Exile

the worship of Plutus and the worship of Venus

Plutus was the Roman god of wealth.  Venus was the Roman goddess of love.

Dr. Thorne mentally asserts that Frank Gresham is too young to understand how the two spheres of influence could be connected.  [JM 2005]


hymeneal altar

From Latin hymenaeus, “belonging to wedlock, marriage”.  Hymen was a Greek god who presided over weddings.  [JM 2005]

Sources:  OED.
The Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology.