Middlemarch

Middlemarch: Top Ten Quotes

“. . .these later born [St.] Theresas were helped by no coherent social faith and order which could perform the function of knowledge  for the ardently willing soul. Their ardor alternated between a vague ideal and the common yearning of womanhood . . .” (Prologue) “We are all of us born in moral stupidity, taking …

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Middlemarch: Theme Analysis

Human Wisdom George Eliot was a humanist, one who believed wisdom was found in the accumulated thought of the greatest human minds, whether famous or not. This humanitarian bent went beyond the confines of formal religion, for Eliot recognized the inherent worth of the human heart itself, regardless of class, race, or religion. The narrator …

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Middlemarch: Metaphor Analysis

Pier-Glass “Your pier-glass or extensive surface of polished steel made to be rubbed by a housemaid, will be minutely and multitudinously scratched in all directions; but place now against it a lighted candle as a centre of illumination, and lo! The scratches will seem to arrange themselves in a fine series of concentric circles round …

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Middlemarch: Chapters 75-83

  Chapters 75-83 (Dorothea’s Heroism) Summary The Lydgates are able to keep their house with the money from Bulstrode, but no one calls there but Will Ladislaw. Rosamond thinks his flirtation hides a deeper feeling, and daydreams about Will keep her going at this time. When she finds out about her husband’s scandal, she is …

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Middlemarch: Chapters 63-67

  Chapters 63-67  (Lydgate’s Tragedy) Summary Farebrother knows of Lydgate’s financial problems and offers him help, but in his pride, Lydgate brushes him off. Lydgate tries to find a buyer for his home and furniture, a gesture which makes Rosamond feel humiliated. Without her husband’s knowledge, she writes to Lydgate’s rich uncle, the baronet, for …

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Middlemarch: Chapters 58-62

  Chapters 58-62  (Secrets of the Past)   Summary Rosamond has a miscarriage because she goes out riding with Lydgate’s aristocratic cousin, in spite of her husband’s warning. Lydgate is beginning to realize his powerlessness over his wife. His superior mind holds no attraction to her, and affection does not make her compliant. Though he …

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Middlemarch: Chapters 56-57

  Chapters 56-57 (Progress) Summary The railroad has come to Middlemarch. Many are frightened by this sign of progress. One farmworker says the railroad will only leave the poor farther behind: “This is the big folks’s world, this is.” Garth surveys the property where it will go through and finds the local people attacking the …

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