in Three Clerks

Chapter 40 – The Last Breakfast

hero worship

Despite Alaric’s loss of status among others, Gertrude still idolizes him: she “looked up to him as though he were a hero whom she all but worshipped.” Hero worship was a common cultic practice in antiquity, and here Gertrude is presented as nearly having her own form of it. Compare this with her apotheosis of Alaric in Chapter 37. [RR 2017]