in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 23 – Retrospective

godlike men and all but goddesslike women

Trollope speaks of love between young people and the contrast between how society ordains that women and men in love should behave.  In describing the virtuous aspect of a woman loving with her whole heart, Trollope says there is no reason why Mary should love less than Frank.  Trollope suggests that it is appropriate for a woman to love those aspects of a man that God created “godlike” so that women “all but goddesslike, might love.”  Trollope uses the terms “god” and “goddess” to reflect the ideal forms of man and woman.  [TH 2005]