in Claverings

Chapter 15 – An Evening in Bolton Street

letters with (and without) godlike perfection

At the start of Chapter 15 Florence receives from Harry a long and affectionate letter.  Trollope tells us that she enthusiastically shares it with Harry’s sister Fanny and urges Fanny to acknowledge it as a “perfect” love-letter.  Florence later receives a hastily written note from a distracted Harry; this letter she keeps to herself and does not claim for it any “godlike perfection.”  Elsewhere in the novel Harry is described in divine terms; here the divinity (or lack thereof) is transferred to his missive.  [RR 2013]