in Small House at Allington

Chapter 42 – Lily’s Bedside

Lily’s throne

As Lily gets better, Trollope refers to her as a queen bossing around the Small House’s occupants.  This is an interesting contrast to Lily as a wounded fawn in Chapter 31.  In Vergil’s Aeneid Dido goes from being the queen of Carthage to a wounded deer, while Lily goes from being a wounded fawn to the queen of the Small House.  Trollope refers to Lily as the queen of the Small House more extensively in Chapter 44.  For Lily as a wounded fawn, see the commentary for Chapter 31.  [KD 2006]