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Chapter 31 – The Wounded Fawn

Lily as a wounded fawn

In this chapter, Trollope refers to Lily as a wounded fawn after her engagement to Crosbie is called off.  This reference echoes a line in Vergil’s Aeneid in which Queen Dido, in love with Aeneas, is compared to an arrow-stricken doe.  This is an interesting comparison because, while Dido is eventually ruined by Aeneas, Lily recuperates and becomes like a queen herself.  See the commentary for Chapter 42.  [KD 2006]

Sources:  Vergil, Aeneid 4.69.


Lily’s bright light

Lily’s bright light remains shining. This reference occurs after Lily begins to recover.  It is significant because Crosbie-as-Apollo has been referred to in terms of light, and now Lily is.  [KD 2006]


dies non

Short for dies non juridicus.  Refers to a holiday or a day of no legal matters.  [KD 2006]

Sources:  OED.