wounded by vain love as to be like a hurt deer
Larry Twentyman, disappointed in love, is likened to a deer that has been wounded. In book 4 of Vergil’s Aeneid we can find a simile comparing Dido–in love with Aeneas–to a stricken deer. Larry’s vulnerability is emphasized by the explicit comparison to a tender animal and the implicit comparison to the tragic queen. Unlike Dido, however, Larry will recover from his disappointment in love. [KS & RR 2012]
Source: Vergil, Aeneid 4.69.