in American Senator

Chapter 55 – “I Have Told Him Everything”

triumph and glory

Lady Augustus had imagined that a successful marriage of her daughter would bring “triumph and glory.”  The joint usage of these words recalls Classical notions of victory:  the triumphal procession of a successful Roman leader, and the undying glory accruing to a Greek hero excellent in battle.  Like her daughter, Lady Augustus has conceived of Arabella’s quest for marriage as a military operation, with commensurate rewards.  [RR 2012]