in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 21 – Mr. Robarts on his Embassy

Tablets of my heart

This is a version of the phrase “tablets of the mind” from line 790 of Aeschylus’ play Prometheus Bound.  In the play, Prometheus prophesizes Io’s future wanderings in order that she may remember her fate “in the tablets of her mind.”  However,  Mr. Crawley uses this phrase to say that he will keep in mind the trust and friendship of Mr. Robarts.  [AM 2006]

Trollope often uses the phrase “tablets of the mind.”  In Chapter 6 of The Small House at Allington he uses the variant “tablets of [Lily’s] bosom.”  [RR 2011]

Sources:  Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 788-789.