in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 35 – Sir Louis Goes Out to Dinner


This is an allusion to a type of social gathering which was held by the ancient Greeks and involved conversation and often the drinking of wine. In this reference, Trollope describes the meeting between Dr. Thorne, Squire Gresham, Frank Gresham, and Sir Louis Scatcherd as a symposium.  In their modern symposium, Sir Louis ends up getting excessively drunk on wine and making a spectacle, not only of himself but also of his legal guardian, Dr. Thorne.  [MD 2005]

Sources:  OED.