in Small House at Allington

Chapter 51 – John Eames Does Things Which He Ought Not to Have Done

Sir Raffle Buffle as John’s new patron

Trollope states that John is annoyed with his “new patron” when Sir Raffle Buffle mentions John’s relationship with the earl.  Trollope is using this reference to explain that John is moving up in his office, especially as Raffle Buffle’s new secretary, even though John may not like Raffle Buffle that much.  [KD 2006]


John has one strong arrow in his quiver

After Cradell and Amelia Roper begin a flirtation, John realizes that he has one strong arrow to his defense if Amelia should choose to bring up his half-proposal to her.  This recalls Apollo, a god associated with archery.  Perhaps Trollope is suggesting to the reader that even hobbledehoys can have Apollo tendencies. See the commentary for Chapter 4.  [KD 2006]


Amelia Roper has two strings to her bow

Amelia, when thinking of her relationship to John, recalls that if it does not work she has another string, Cradell.  This imagery of strings and bows recalls the god of Love, Cupid, and his bow and arrow.  [KD 2006]