in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 52 – Why Don’t you Have an ‘It’ for Yourself?

Gold to eat had gold been good for eating

This allusion occurs when Trollope is talking about Mrs. Thorne as a wealthy and generous woman.  In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, King Midas is granted his choice of reward when he restores Silenus to Bacchus:  being able to turn whatever he touches to gold.  However, Midas begins to regret this choice when he is unable to eat without everything he touches turning to gold.  This allusion refers to Mrs. Thorne and her generosity with money.  Trollope states that “she would have given gold to eat had gold been good for eating.”  [KD 2006]

Sources:  Ovid, Metamorphoses 11.100-145.


All the world was speaking well of John Eames

Lily writes to her mother that the whole world was speaking well of John Eames.  This statement recalls some lines from Terence’s Andria.  When asking about his son, Simo hears that omnes omnia / bona dicere or “all people say all good things.”  See the commentary for Chapter 1 of FramleyParsonage[KD 2006]

Sources:  Terence, Andria 96-97.