Tag Archives: Will Ladislaw

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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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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The Mill on the Floss, Movie Review

The 1997 adaptation of The Mill on the Floss is adequate. Emily Watson’s portrayal of Maggie Tulliver manages to make Maggie’s fervent but constrained nature cohesive. Philip Wakem, as played by James Frain, was particularly good, sensitive and cultured. I … Continue reading

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