Category Archives: Eliot Project

Books I Read in August & September 2015

• Middlemarch, by George Eliot — In August, I finished reading Middlemarch. I was rereading it for the Eliot Project which “Sophie” and I are doing. We are taking a hiatus before beginning Daniel Deronda, and will pick back up … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: Sunset and Sunrise

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?” — Dorothea (Middlemarch, by George Eliot, chapter 72). A theme in Middlemarch, not central in George Eliot’s earlier novels, is marriage. The Casaubons’ … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: Two Temptations

The seventh book of Middlemarch is not cheerful. In it, the Lydgates’ marriage continues to disintegrate and Mr. Bulstrode shamefully rids himself of his persecutor, Raffles. While reading “Two Temptations”, the thought popped into my head that Rosy and Esther … Continue reading

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Middlemarchers Shop

I am not posting anything about Middlemarch, this week, but nobody need miss out on that account, as “Sophie” has written an entertaining piece called “Middlemarchers Shop in the Chicago Suburbs”. Enjoy! __________________________ Picture of various kinds of Polish kielbasa.

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Middlemarch: The Widow and the Wife

Fred Vincy has a job; Lydgate and Rosamond’s marriage is collapsing (Rosy is, I believe, the “Wife” of the book’s title); Mr. Bulstrode is threatened with exposure of past misdeeds and tries to make reparation; Will Ladislaw finds out about … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: The Dead Hand

George Eliot filled Middlemarch with young people brimful of high aspirations. Dorothea wants to make life beautiful for everyone. Lydgate wants to make new medical discoveries. Now Will Ladislaw, too, means to do great things. With Mr. Casaubon dead, Will … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: Three Love Problems

Love problem number one: Mr. Lydgate and Rosamond Vincy. Short of money, Rosamond’s father is grumbling about her engagement, warning that he can give them no money. She is quietly obstinate, however, in keeping to her engagement. As she tells … Continue reading

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