Tag Archives: Dorothea Brooke

Daniel Deronda: Meeting Streams

About half of “Meeting Streams” (the second book of Daniel Deronda) is about Gwendolen, while the second half focuses on Daniel Deronda. At the beginning of the book, Gwendolen is, surprisingly to herself, having a bit of trouble with “her … 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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Middlemarch: Old and Young

“One would know much better what to do if men’s characters were more consistent, and especially if one’s friends were invariably fit for any function they desired to undertake!” (ch. 18) One of the strengths of George Eliot’s writing, as … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: Miss Brooke

The first book of Middlemarch is, as its title suggests, mainly about Dorothea Brooke. Dorothea is nineteen years old, ignorant and ardent. She wants to cure the world’s ills, but doesn’t know how to go about it. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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