in Claverings

Chapter 34 – Mr. Saul’s Abode

Fanny’s eulogium

While talking with her mother, Fanny defends Mr. Saul, his behavior, and his status as a gentleman.  Trollope reports Fanny’s words directly and calls them a “eulogium” or speech of praise.  Eulogium is a Latin word showing the influence of Greek eu- “well” and log- “word.”  Although the Classically derived word “eulogium” might seem to elevate Fanny’s utterance, Trollope combines his application of this lofty rhetorical term with his mention of Fanny’s sobs while speaking, and the direct speech of the “eulogium” itself is presented as broken by Fanny’s crying.  [RR 2013]