in Barchester Towers

Chapter 23 – Mr. Arabin Reads Himself in at St. Ewold’s

incipient masticator

Johnny Bold is cutting teeth.  Using such elevated, Latinate language to describe this event allows Trollope simultaneously to suggest the grandness of the event from the perspective of Johnny’s mother and Miss Thorne and to poke gentle fun at it.  [TH & RR 2005]


naiads and dryads

Mr. Arabin explains to Mrs. Bold the difference between naiads and dryads and talks of other classical subjects.  Given the education of Mr. Arabin, it is appropriate to his character to talk of such things, but–in addition–the inclusion of various types of nymphs somewhat foreshadows the blooming romantic relationship developing between the two.  [TH 2205]