in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 54 – The Clerical Commission


Trollope states that Dr. Tempest is a prudent man and that archdeacon Grantly would have told the whole world of his quarrel with the bishop and Mrs. Proudie by singing a paean in the neighboring parishes.  A paean is a victory hymn usually sung in honor of Apollo.  However, as Trollope states, Dr. Tempest keeps the matter to himself rather than making it widespread.  [KD 2006]


His patrons, the Luftons

Trollope here mentions that the Luftons are Mark Robarts’ patrons; he is their client.  [KD 2006]


Support his friends and oppose his enemies

Trollope states that Mark Robarts is appointed to be on the clerical commission and that he “would be sure to support his friends and oppose his enemies.”  This phrase recalls the conception of justice–helping friends and harming enemies–articulated by Polemarchus in Plato’s Republic.  [KD & RR 2006]

Sources:  Plato, Republic 1, 332d.


Prima facie

Literally meaning “at first appearance,” this phrase means basically a first impression that is believed to be true.  [KD 2006]

Sources:  Entry in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.