This common exclamation, used here by John Eames as he is reading the Earl De Guest’s letter, invokes the name of the Roman god that is the equivalent of the Greek Zeus. The phrase recurs in dialogue throughout Trollope’s novels. [EB 2006]
Elysium upon earth
This phrase describes the positive opinion that most people held of Eames’ future position of private secretary. The job is compared to the classical concept of Elysium, the beautiful fields where the fortunate lived in the Underworld. Trollope also alludes to Elysium in Chapter 12, when Lady de Courcy uses the term to sarcastically describe Allington in a letter to Crosbie. [EB 2006]
that Love should still be lord of all
This phrase refers to a line from Sir Walter Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel, which is itself an allusion to a well-known line in Vergil’s Eclogues: “Love conquers all things.” However, here “Love” actually refers to Mr. Love rather than the concept of love, making this a humorous parody of Classical and literary traditions. [EB 2006]
Sources: Sir Walter Scott, Lay of the Last Minstrel, 6.11.4.
Vergil, Eclogue 10.69.
Trollope, The Small House at Allington. Ed. Julian Thompson. London: Penguin, 2005. See Thompson’s note on p. 690.
giving up his Elysium
The earlier parallel between the job of private secretary and Elysium is picked back up as Trollope describes the resignation of the previous occupant of the job. [EB 2006]
He’s been the country mouse and I’ve been the town mouse
Sir Raffle Buffle describes the differing lifestyles of himself and Lord De Guest with this phrase. This line refers to a story in Horace’s Satires about a country mouse who entertains his friend from the city, and after following him back to the city realizes that he prefers life in the countryside. [EB 2006]
Sources: Horace, Satire 2.6.79-117.