Selected Novels of George Eliot

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Wordsworth Editions, 2005 - 1421 pages
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Adam Bede was George Eliot's first full-length novel. Set in the English Midlands of farmers and village craftsmen at the turn of the eighteenth century, the book tells a story of seduction, and is also a pioneering record of a long lost rural world.Middlemarch is a complex tale of idealism, disillusion, profligacy, loyalty and frustrated love. This penetrating analysis of the life of an English provincial town is told through the lives of Dorothea Brooke and Dr Tertius Lydgate, illuminating the condition of English life in the mid-nineteenth century.The Mill on the Floss is a masterpiece of ambiguity in which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age. Maggie Tulliver's love for her brother Tom turns to conflict. His bourgeois standards contrasting with her own lively intelligence, and the result, is tragedy.Silas Marner tells the tender and moving story of the unjustly exiled linen weaver, Silas Marner of Raveloe in the agricultural heartland of England. It tells of how he is restored to life and his sadness ended by the unlikely means of the orphan child Eppie.
 

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Contents

BOOK FIRST I The Workshop
15
The Preaching
20
After the Preaching
33
Home and its Sorrows
37
The Rector
47
The Hall Farm
58
The Dairy
66
A Vocation
70
The Return Home
104
The Two Bedchambers
110
Links
119
BOOK SECOND 17 In Which the Story Pauses a Little
128
Church
134
Adam on a Working Day
149
Adam Visits the Hall Farm
153
The NightSchool and the Schoolmaster
165

Hettys World
76
Dinah Visits Lisbeth
80
In the Cottage
88
In the Wood
93
Evening in the Wood
101
BOOK THIRD 22 Going to the Birthday Feast
175
DinnerTime
182
The HealthDrinking
185
The Games
190
The Dance
195

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