in Claverings

Chapter 48 – Conclusion

lamb for the sacrificial altar

Fanny and Mr. Saul are to be allowed, at last, to marry.  Trollope substitutes the (Classical) sacrificial altar for the (Christian) marital one when he describes Fanny, who awaits the outcome of her mother’s conversation with Mr. Saul about their engagement, as a sacrificial lamb.  Although Fanny is in a serious mood befitting the ancient and religious imagery, a reader might be amused by the disparity between a sacrificial lamb and a soon-to-be bride.  [RR 2013]