in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 35 – The Story of King Cophetua

vis inertiae

Latin, “force of inactivity.”  Lady Lufton disapproves of Lucy for being too passionate and active; she believes that beauty is to be found in restraint and reticence.  Perhaps Trollope uses Latin as a reminder of Griselda (Lady Lufton’s favorite prospect for her son’s marriage), who with her passivity and coldness is reminiscent of a Classical statue.  See the commentary for Chapter 11.  [JM 2005]