in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 64 – The Tragedy in Hook Court

The three Graces

The narrator states that Dalrymple thought of the picture of the three Classical Graces before revealing to Mrs. Broughton the news of her husband’s suicide.  Dalrymple’s portrait of Mrs. Broughton as all three of the Graces led to an empty but involved flirtation between himself and Mrs. Broughton.  Dalrymple now uses the portrait as a symbol for his now-regretted relationship with her.  The portrait was first mentioned in Chapter 24.  [AM & RR 2006; rev. 2011]