in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 23 – Miss Lily Dale’s Resolution

The only human divinity now worthy of adoration

Lily is described as viewing her mother as a “human divinity.”  This is reminiscent of humans that became gods in Classical tradition, such as legendary heroes or the deified emperors of Rome.  This heightened reference illustrates the powerful bond between Lily and Mrs. Dale.  Lily’s adoration of Mrs. Dale contrasts with her previous worship of “Apollo” Crosbie.  [EB & RR 2006]