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.