in Bertrams

Chapter 23 – Three Letters

grammatical rule

See the gloss on “two nominative cases” in the commentary for Chapter 21.


a man for a woman to worship

Caroline alludes to George as a man worthy of worship by a woman, implicitly casting him as a god.  This is particularly interesting given the number of times that Caroline has been compared to Juno.  Towards the beginning of the novel, Caroline’s beauty and bearing were explicitly linked to Juno, yet Trollope also allowed Caroline to seem mortal, with characteristics like an un-Grecian nose.  Caroline’s worship of George, her growing love and passion for him, are other ways in which she is described as a human, and not just a cold-hearted Juno.   [CD 2012]