in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 43 – The Race of Scatcherd Becomes Extinct

dies non

A Latin phrase literally meaning “a day not,” it is used here by Trollope to refer to the day of Sunday in regard to the operations of the Greshamsbury post office. Since mail isn’t delivered on Sunday, it can be described as a “day without” mail, or a “dies non” in Latin.  [MD 2005]



Trollope uses the name of the ancient Roman messenger god to refer to the Greshamsbury post-boy.  [RR 2005]