in American Senator

Chapter 57 – Mrs. Morton Returns

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.