Time and the hour run through the longest day .
[FOOTNOTE 15: Of course it
will be remembered that this was
written before railways in Ireland had been
constructed. (original footnote by Trollope)]
[FOOTNOTE 16: vis inertiae—(Latin) the power of inertia]
[FOOTNOTE 17: Macbeth,
Act I, Sc. 3: “Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”]
I hardly know why a journey in one of these boats should be much more intolerable than travelling either outside or inside a coach; for, either in or on the coach, one has less room for motion, and less opportunity of employment. I believe the misery of the canal-boat chiefly consists in a pre-conceived and erroneous idea of its capabilities. One prepares oneself for occupation—an attempt is made to achieve actual comfort—and both end in disappointment; the limbs become weary with endeavouring to fix themselves in a position of repose, and the mind is fatigued more by the search after, than the want of, occupation.
Martin, however, made no complaints, and felt no misery. He made great play at the eternal half-boiled leg of mutton, floating in a bloody sea of grease and gravy, which always comes on the table three hours after the departure from Porto Bello. He, and others equally gifted with the dura ilia messorum , swallowed huge collops  of the raw animal, and vast heaps of yellow turnips, till the pity with which a stranger would at first be inclined to contemplate the consumer of such unsavoury food, is transferred to the victim who has to provide the meal at two shillings a head. Neither love nor drink—and Martin had, on the previous day, been much troubled with both—had affected his appetite; and he ate out his money with the true persevering prudence of a Connaught man, who firmly determines not to be done.
[FOOTNOTE 18: dura ilia messorum—(Latin)
the strong intestines
of reapers—a quotation from Horace’s Epodes III.
Trollope was an accomplished Latin scholar and later
wrote a Life of Cicero. His books are full of
quotations from many Roman writers.]