in Claverings

Chapter 25 – What Would Men Say of You?

divine Julia

Trollope refers to Lady Ongar as “the divine Julia” when he summarizes a meeting between Archie and Sophie to discuss Archie’s prospects of courting Julia successfully.  The epithet seems to echo Sophie’s tendency to speak of Lady Ongar in terms of fawning over-endearment.  [RR 2013]


by Jove

This exclamatory invocation of the Roman king of the gods is uttered by Archie when he emphatically dismisses the possibility that Harry could be interested in Julia for himself.  Sophie mockingly repeats the phrase in her own mind when she asserts to herself the likelihood of Harry’s interest.  [RR 2013]


Julia looking like Juno

When Julia confronts Harry with Florence Burton’s name, her stance is proud and majestic, befitting Juno, the Roman queen of the gods.  Although Julia’s bearing is striking and bespeaks strength, it also signals a possible remove from humanity–see commentary for Chapter 3 on Trollope’s description of Julia as a Greek statue and goddess.  In The Bertrams, Caroline Waddington is persistently identified with Juno, and in the course of the novel she is brought, painfully, down from her divine pedestal (see commentary on The Bertrams passim).  By the end of The Claverings, Julia too will be lowered a notch or two, partly through her experiences and partly through her own choice to relinquish her aspirations as well as some of her wealth.  [RR 2013]