Tag Archives: Middlemarch

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, Movie Review

Dorothea Brooke’s greatest desire in life is to dedicate herself to some worthwhile purpose. She thinks she has found this purpose when she meets the scholar, Edward Casaubon, and marries him. It is not long before she is disillusioned. Tertius … 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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