in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 45 – Palace Blessings

rumour flies

A rumor circulates in Barchester saying that Lord Dumbello intends to jilt Miss Grantly.  Trollope says that he doesn’t know where the rumor came from, but he describes the general nature of rumors by saying, “We know how quickly rumour flies, making herself common through all the cities.”  This is a reference to a line from Vergil’s AeneidFama volat parvam subito vulgata per urbem. It means literally “rumor flies suddenly having been spread (or having been made common) through the small city.”  In the Aeneid the quotation describes how rumor spreads through the Tuscan city that horsemen are speeding to battle.  [TH 2005]

Sources:  Vergil, Aeneid 8.554


dripping water hollows the stone

See the commentary for Chapter 3 of Doctor Thorne.