in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 28 – Showing how Major Grantly took a Walk

Major Grantly’s walk

This chapter recalls the Classical pastoral poetry of Vergil’s Eclogues and Theocritus’ Idylls in which an unrequited lover wanders through the fields and countryside singing of his love.  Major Grantly is similar to a pastoral lover as he walks the fields of Allington in anticipation of proposing marriage to Grace Crawley.  In The Small House at Allington the woods and fields of Allington were likened to pastoral locales.  [AM 2006]