in American Senator

Chapter 23 – Poor Caneback


This word is an invention of Trollope’s, combining the English “Stygian” and the Latin trans.  It means “on the other side of the river Styx.”  In Classical mythology, Styx was one of the rivers in Hades.  “Transtygian world” is used to talk about Major Caneback after his catastrophic injury while riding:  the major is said to know his death is imminent, and is imagining the “transtygian world” that is awaiting him.  Trollope may be humorous here, as the fantastic nature of Hades is contrasted in the same sentence with the major’s own “dull imagination.”  [CMC 2012]