in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 31 – Showing how Major Grantly Returned to Guestwick

She has spirit enough for a goddess

Lily describes Grace to her mother with this phrase, which compares her generally to a goddess. This is fitting given the associations between Grace’s name and the three classical goddesses known as the Graces.  [EB 2006]


Major Grantly was fond of Greek

Since John has not heard a great deal about Grace’s beauty, he assumes here that Grantly must be attracted to her intellectual accomplishments.  Again, the Crawleys’ Classical knowledge becomes a central aspect of their characters.  [EB 2006]