There was sorrow in her heart

There was sorrow in her heart

John Everett Millais

Wood engraving by the Dalziels

6¼ x 4¼ inches

Anthony Trollope,Orley Farm, Vol 1. Facing p.36.

Lady Mason begins to digest the implications of the looming crisis. Millais provides a telling representation of what Trollope describes as a ‘true index’ of her feelings (p.36). Her inner torment is subtly expressed in her facial expression and immobility, with further suggestion of anxiety in the contrapuntal contrast between one still hand and the other, which is raised to her face. The detailed décor is an ironic reminder of all that she has to lose – and has jeopardized in an act of dishonesty.

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