No. 8. Dorothea and Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Another of Eliot’s brilliant portraits of a hopeless pairing. Dorothea (“Dodo”) is a sheltered and intense young woman with a background in English and Swiss Puritanism:
Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscious qualms; she felt she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.
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No. 10. Rosamund Vincy and Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch Spoiler alert! Rosamund and Lydgate: One of the many gems to be found in George Eliot’s Middlemarch is the genius psychological portraits of Dr Tertius Lydgate and Miss Rosamund Vincy (soon Mrs Lydgate) – including how their marriage faired from early pleasure, through crisis and life-sapping compromise and eventually to Lydgate’s premature death at 50. This … Continue reading The 11 worst couples in literature
Favourite quotes from Middlemarch by George Eliot “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.” “One can begin so many things with a new person! – even begin to be a better man.” “The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots.” “He has got no good red blood in his … Continue reading Quotes from Middlemarch