in Bertrams

Chapter 18 – Retrospective–Second Year

orthodox, heterodox, doxy

Trollope humorously uses word play in his description of George’s essays as lacking any sort of “doxy.”  Trollope merely removes the Greek prefixes hetero- (“other”) and ortho– (“right”) to display the essays’ complete disregard for public opinion.  [KS 2012]

We can find Trollope making a similar move in Doctor Thorne, when he describes Sir Roger Scatcherd’s bouts of solo drinking as “posiums” rather than “symposiums.”  See commentary for Chapter 9 of Doctor Thorne.  [RR 2012]


George’s triumph

To describe George’s success on many fronts Trollope again uses the Roman image of military triumph.  George seems to be a victor rather than one of the conquered who were lamented in Chapter 1’s cry of vae, victis.  And yet, soon after George’s triumph is mentioned here, Trollope tells us that the relationship between George and Caroline has become strained:  George is not universally fortunate in achieving all his desires, and his pride–as well as Caroline’s–stands in the way of their happiness.  [RR 2012]