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Chapter 23 – Cumberly Lane Without the Mud

Mr. Saul’s desire for heroism

Although Mr. Saul is “no knight,” he wants to achieve his own victory on the field of love, winning Fanny’s heart without assistance from others.  Trollope uses several words with Greco-Roman resonance to describe Mr. Saul’s aspiration:  “…he had a feeling that the spoil which he desired to win should be won by his own spear, and that his triumph would lose half its glory if it were not achieved by his own prowess.”  The curate is thus transformed into a Classical hero, which emphasizes (with a tinge of humor) the seriousness of his intention.  [RR 2013]