in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 28 – Dr. Thorne

gods and giants

The gods and giants were enemies in Greek mythology.  The giants fought (and lost) a war to gain possession of both the gods’ home, Mount Olympus, and the gods’ power.  See the commentary for Chapter 23. [JC & RR 2005]


king of the gods, chief of the giants

Lord Brock, the old Prime Minister, is the king of the gods, and Lord De Terrier, the new one, is the chief of the giants.  In Trollope’s overlay of the mythical struggle onto contemporary politics, the giants are successful in their bid for power.  [JC & RR 2005]