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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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Middlemarch: Waiting for Death

The third book of Middlemarch, “Waiting for Death”, contains three sick people and two big marriage mistakes. It begins with the hopeful Fred Vincy trying to come up with money to pay a debt. He particularly wanted to pay this … Continue reading

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