in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 61 – ‘It’s Dogged as Does It’

Meum and tuum

“Mine and yours.”  Mr. Crawley, after receiving the letter from Dr. Tempest about his hearing, states to himself that the ecclesiastical commission will consider him crazy because he did not know the difference between “meum and tuum” in regards to the cheque.  [KD 2006]


Terrible thoughts of the fate of Mr. Crawley’s family

After Mr. Crawley receives the letter about his meeting with the ecclesiastical commission, he takes a walk and sits in the rain.  Trollope mentions the “terrible thoughts” about Crawley’s family which at times had entered Crawley’s mind.  This likely refers to Mr. Crawley’s thoughts of Heracles killing his wife and children earlier in Chapter 41.  [KD 2006]


Greek iambics

Mr. Crawley is said to make Greek iambics as he walks along the lanes of the street.  An iambic is an unstressed and then stressed syllable.  This is a pun that links metric feet with Mr. Crawley’s actual feet.  [KD 2006]


Justice though the heaven should fall

While sitting in the rain, Mr., Crawley decides that he will resign and do justice though the heavens should fall.  The proverbial sentiment is used elsewhere by Trollope in Latin:  fiat justitia ruat coelum (or ruat coelum fiat justitia).  See the commentary for Chapter 4 of The Warden.  [KD & RR 2006; rev. 2011]