in Warden

Chapter 19 – The Warden Resigns

Paternoster Row

See gloss in commentary for Chapter 16.


Had he not gained a great victory, and was it not fit that he should step into a cab with triumph?

Perhaps Trollope is drawing a parallel between the cab and an ancient chariot, and between the victorious Mr. Harding and a Roman commander granted a triumphal procession.  Once again, a Classical allusion is being used to playfully aggrandize an everyday situation, in this case, Mr. Harding, a meek man, taking more control of his life from his somewhat overbearing daughter and son-in-law.  [JM 2005]