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Chapter 68 – Lord Rufford’s Model Farm

Lord Rufford’s triumph

Senator Gotobed is invited back to Lord Rufford’s estate at the end of his visit and near the conclusion of the Goarly matter, during the course of which he has come to realize that Goarly is not an honest or honorable man.  Trollope states that Lord Rufford extended the invitation with a spirit of triumph, echoing the idea of the Roman triumph as a time to parade the conquered enemies before the people of Rome.  The ancient association is strengthened when Trollope writes of the Englishmen wishing to put their heels on Gotobed’s neck, itself a very Classical image of conquering one’s enemies.  [CMC 2012]