in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 68 – The Obstinacy of Mr. Crawley

The presiding genius at the palace

This phrase is used to describe the late Mrs. Proudie.  The genius was a spirit that ruled over a specific place, such as a home, in Roman religion.  Mrs. Proudie’s influence in the bishops’s house and in church politics makes this description of her as a powerful supernatural being fitting.  [EB 2006]


Now for Pindar

Mr. Crawley turns to Pindar with Jane after Mr. Robart’s visit, again demonstrating the way in which he turns to the Classics for comfort during his difficulties.  Pindar wrote odes to victorious athletes, and so his texts are a fitting choice for Crawley after he has successfully upheld his convictions about leaving his position while speaking to Mr. Robarts.  [EB 2006]