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Chapter 21 – Yes; Wrong;–Certainly Wrong

as many children as Priam

Priam, the king of Troy during the Trojan War, had 50 sons as well as many daughters.  So many children would be a sign of wealth and prosperity.  Trollope makes this reference to show that Harry truly does not begrudge his cousin Archie anything material–even prosperity on the level of Priam would not incite his jealousy.  However, prosperity in the form of children means something more in this context.  If Archie were to have children, or if Hugh were to have more children, Harry’s chance of becoming a baronet would lessen.  Therefore, Harry is also saying that he would not resent Archie becoming baronet.  From this it becomes clear, then, that all of Harry’s irritation with Archie stems from his own, newly re-discovered infatuation with Lady Ongar.  [SH 2012]

Source:  OCD.


drop wearing the stone

Julia worries that Harry may come to believe ill of her if he is exposed to the repeated insinuations of others.  To explain this to Harry, Julia refers to a Latin proverb (“a drop hollows the stone”) which Harry himself had cited to Florence earlier in the novel; see commentary for Chapter 10.  [RR 2013]