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Chapter 75 – Arabella’s Success

conquered in the field, cast her javelins

Again, Trollope invokes language that recalls military action when discussing Arabella’s plans.  See commentary for Chapter 20.  [KS 2012]



Arabella takes some care with her appearance, now that Mounser Green appears to be a marriage prospect.  When Mrs. Green comments on Arabella’s efforts, Arabella quotes a snippet of Pope to her.  Pope’s Narcissa is a woman whose vanity follows her to the grave:  she is upset at the prospect of being buried in woolen clothing.  Pope names his character after the Classical figure of Narcissus, a youth who fell in love with his own reflection.  [RR 2012]

Source:  Alexander Pope, Moral Essays 1.246-251.