Adam Bede

Adam Bede: Chapter 51

Summary of Chapter 51: Sunday MorningDinah is questioned by Lisbeth about her leaving. Lisbeth complains that she hasn’t long to live and will never see Dinah again. Then she launches into a topic embarrassing to Dinah: a husband. Lisbeth admits Seth is not the right husband, but asks her what she thinks of Adam? He …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 50

Summary of Chapter 50: In the Cottage Dinah and Adam walk together to the Bede cottage, and Adam tells her the Poysers will miss her. She answers that the Poysers’ sorrow is healed, and she is called back to her old work. Adam says he puts her above all his other friends and regards her …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 49

Book Sixth Summary of Chapter 49: At the Hall FarmEighteen months later, Mrs. Poyser is trying to talk Dinah out of leaving for Snowfield. She has been staying with the Poysers to help them through the tragedy. Mrs. Poyser tries to convince her she can minister to the poor in Hayslope; there are many people …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 48

Summary of Chapter 48: Another Meeting in the WoodThis is an important chapter winding up the consequences of the love triangle of Arthur, Adam, and Hetty. It is the day after Hetty escapes hanging. Adam has just been to see the Poysers to tell them all that they don’t know about the case. He agrees …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 47

Summary of Chapter 47: The Last Moment There is a crowd on the street waiting to see the hanging. They are there to watch the now legendary Dinah Morris, the young Methodist woman who made Hetty confess, as much as to see the criminal. Dinah stands beside Hetty in the cart as it moves through …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 46

Summary of Chapter 46: The Hours of SuspenseBartle Massey announces a visitor to Adam in his Stoniton room where he awaits Hetty’s execution. Dinah Morris comes to tell him that Hetty has repented and wants to see Adam, to ask his forgiveness before she dies. Adam, very haggard, says he cannot believe she has to …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 45

Summary of Chapter 45: In the PrisonDinah Morris speaks to an older gentleman outside the prison. He is Colonel Townley, the gentleman on horseback who heard Dinah speak on Hayslope Green. He is a magistrate and gets Dinah in to Hetty’s cell. She wants to stay with Hetty till the end. Colonel Townley thinks she …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 44

Summary of Chapter 44: Arthur’s Return Arthur’s thoughts on returning to England are all about his grandfather whom he pities and thinks of kindly, and his new position. He is happy and on top of the world thinking that now he has come into his own. He thinks on all the benevolent acts he will …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 43

Summary of Chapter 43: The VerdictAdam Bede’s tall figure entering the courtroom is striking. Even Mr. Irwine is surprised by the signs of suffering and grief about him. He goes to sit by Hetty’s side, but she does not see him, for she stands with her head down, looking at her hands. Adam is looking …

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Adam Bede: Chapter 42

Summary of Chapter 42: The Morning of the Trial Adam does not go to the trial in the morning but waits till Bartle comes to him at lunchtime to hear about it. He has thought of seeing Hetty because it might melt her hardness if someone forgave her, but still he is afraid to see …

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