in Small House at Allington

Chapter 20 – Dr. Crofts

another string to his bow

Lord De Guest makes this comment about Crosbie’s suspected dalliances at Courcy Castle while speaking with Dr. Crofts.  There are two possible Classical figures being alluded to with this phrase.  Cupid, the son of Venus, incited love in people by shooting them with his arrows.  Also, although Lord De Guest has not been privy to the Dales’ private joke of referring to Crosbie as “Apollo,” this comment subtly references their allusion, since Apollo was associated with archery.  These references may show how other characters perceive Crosbie to be a flashy “Apollo” that lacks real substance, or a “Cupid” that elicits multiple women’s affections.  [EB 2006]