in Framley Parsonage

Chapter 48 – How they were all Married, had Two Children, and lived Happily ever after

leader of the chorus

In his concluding chapter, Trollope states, “I, as leader of the chorus, disdain to press you further…”  In Greek drama, the chorus could often represent the perspective of common people.  Although the chorus members most often spoke (or sang) in unison, there was a leader who would speak alone at times.  [JC 2005]


hymeneal altar

See the commentary on Chapter 42 of Barchester Towers.


Pope’s Horace

“As for feast of reason and for flow of soul, is it not a question whether any such flows and feasts are necessary between a man and his wife?”  The phrases “feast of reason” and “flow of soul” come from Alexander Pope’s Satires and Epistles of Horace Imitated; this is thus a second-hand classical reference, much like Trollope’s use of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar elsewhere in Framley Parsonage.  Notice the chiastic order of “feast, flow, flows, feasts.”  Chiasmus was a common Classical device for artful arrangement of words.  [JC & RR 2005]

Sources:  Pope, Satires and Epistles of Horace Imitated 2.1.