George Eliot: Middlemarch (unabridged)

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George Eliot: Middlemarch (unabridged)

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NA0021

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28

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31st Jan 2011

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9781843794394

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35 hours 35 minutes

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George Eliot: Middlemarch (unabridged)


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Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, reforms; betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition and disappointment. Dorothea Brooke is an outstanding heroine; Middlemarch is filled with characters that are vivid and true, comic and moving. It is one of the greatest novels in the English language.

George Eliot: Middlemarch (Unabridged)

Prelude

Book 1: Miss Brooke - Chapter 1

And how should Dorothea not marry?

Early in the day Dorothea had returned…

Celia felt a little hurt.

Chapter 2

This was the first time that Mr. Casaubon…

Dorothea felt hurt. Mr. Casaubon would think…

'Let me hope that you will rescind that resolution…'

Chapter 3

Certainly he seemed more and more bent on making…

It had now entered Dorothea's mind…

Dorothea checked herself suddenly…

Dorothea was in the best temper now…

Chapter 4

'It is very painful,' said Dorothea…

She bethought herself now of the condemned…

'Well, but Casaubon, now. There is no hurry…'

Chapter 5

Now she would be able to devote herself…

The next day, at luncheon, the butler…

Perhaps Celia had never turned so pale before.

Chapter 6

'I see you have had our Lowick Cicero here,' she said…

Mr. Brooke again winced inwardly…

In less than an hour, Mrs. Cadwalladar…

'Well, Humphrey doesn't know yet…'

With such a mind, active as phosphorus…

Chapter 7

Mr. Brooke had no doubt on that point…

Chapter 8

Sir James paused. He did not usually find it easy…

'But, my dear Chettam, why should I…'

Chapter 9

Mr. Casaubon led the way thither.

Dorothea sank into silence on the way back…

When their backs were turned…

Chapter 10

Certainly this affair of his marriage…

The season was mild enough to encourage…

Already, as Miss Brooke passed out of the dining-room…

'But we were talking of physic…'

Chapter 11

Lydgate could not be long in Middlemarch…

'Mamma,' said Rosamond…

'But how came you to stay out so late, my dear?'

Chapter 12

Mrs. Waule had to defer her answer…

Before Mr. Featherstone's cough was quiet…

'So, sir, you've been paying ten per cent…'

Fred, in spite of his irritation, had kindness enough…

'But,' she added, dimpling, 'it is very different…'

Mr. Lydgate was rather late this morning…

Thus, in riding home…

Book 2: Old and Young - Chapter 13

One of Lydgate's gifts was a voice habitually deep…

'What I desire,' Mr. Bulstrode continued…

To point out other people's errors was a duty…

Mr. Bulstrode paused a little before he answered.

Chapter 14

The deep-veined hands fingered many bank-notes…

Mary sat down again, and resumed her work.

Mary looked up with some roguishness at Fred…

Chapter 15

He had been left an orphan…

Lydgate did not mean to be one of those failures…

There was fascination in the hope…

He was certainly a happy fellow at this time…

As to women, he had once already been drawn…

To have approached Laure with any suit…

Chapter 16

'Hang your reforms!' said Mr. Chichely.

'You will let me hear some music tonight, I hope.'

Everything looked blooming and joyous…

As he threw down his book, stretched his legs…

Chapter 17

'A mother is never partial,' said Mr. Farebrother…

'Your scheme is a good deal more difficult…'

Chapter 18

And now, when the question of voting had come…

Lydgate was late in setting out…

Dr. Sprague said at once bluntly to the group…

Every one now sat down, Mr. Bulstrode presiding…

Chapter 19

'He is not my uncle. I tell you…'

Chapter 20

Not that this inward amazement of Dorothea's…

In their conversation before marriage…

These characteristics, fixed and unchangeable…

The excessive feeling manifested…

Dorothea rose to leave the table…

Chapter 21

'Oh, there is a great deal in the feeling for art…'

There was a new light, but still a mysterious light…

Chapter 22

They found Naumann painting industriously…

Naumann was all apologies in asking her to stand…

Dorothea, who had not been made aware…

Will again feared that he had gone too far…

Will was not quite contented…

Book 3: Waiting for Death - Chapter 23

The Garths were very fond of Fred…

Since it occurred, a change had come over Fred's sky…

Most of those who saw Fred riding out…

Fred was subtle, and did not tell his friends…

Chapter 24

Mr. Garth was not at the office…

'Now let us go through that once more' said Mrs. Garth…

'Are Letty and Ben your only pupils now, Mrs. Garth?'

Fred turned round and hurried out of the room…

Chapter 25

'Any man may be unfortunate, Mary…'

She took a candle into another large parlour…

Chapter 26

When Mr. Vincy came home he was very angry…

Chapter 27

She never left Fred's side…

Lydgate found it more and more agreeable…

Mr. Ned smiled nervously…

Chapter 28

In the first minutes when Dorothea looked out…

Dorothea's eyes also were turned up to her husband's face…

Chapter 29

To this mental estate mapped out…

'We will, if you please, say no more on this subject…'

Chapter 30

'You will not mind this sombre light,' said Dorothea…

When he was gone, Dorothea's tears gushed forth…

Chapter 31

'You don't mean that there is anything between…'

'You would not give your heart to a man…'

Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted…

Miss Vincy was alone, and blushed so deeply…

Chapter 32

But some of the visitors alighted…

Old Featherstone no sooner caught sight of these…

Their exit was hastened by their seeing…

'I don't mind if I have a slice of that ham…'

'I shall take a mere mouthful of ham…'

Chapter 33

To-night he had not snapped…

He let his hand fall, and for the first time…

Book 4: Three Love Problems - Chapter 34

However, the three mourning-coaches…

'I shall not look any more,' said Celia…

Dorothea felt a shock of alarm…

Chapter 35

But in the morning all the ordinary currents…

But the entrance of the lawyer and the two brothers…

The small bequests came first…

Mr. Vincy was the first to speak…

Mr. Joshua Rigg, in fact, appeared to trouble…

Chapter 36

This was a not infrequent procedure with Mr. Vincy…

Aunt Bulstrode was again stirred to anxiety…

Any inward debate Lydgate had as to the consequences…

An unmistakable delight shone forth…

'It must be lovely,' said Mrs. Vincy…

Rosamond, however, was on her side…

Chapter 37

Mr. Hawley's disgust at the notion of the 'Pioneer'…

Invitations of the formal kind had been wanting…

In another minute he was in the library…

'But you may easily carry the help too far,' he said…

'No,' answered Dorothea; 'Mr. Casaubon…'

So they only said 'Goodbye,' and Will quitted the house…

Meanwhile Dorothea's mind was innocently at work…

The thoughts which had gathered vividness…

The next day, Mr. Casaubon received the following…

Chapter 38

'There is one good chance…'

'Come, that's rather good, you know', said Mr. Brooke…

Chapter 39

'Chettam is a little hasty, my dear,' said Mr. Brooke…

Dorothea felt wretched. She thought her husband…

It is true that an observer, under that softening influence…

Overworked Mrs. Dagley - a thin, worn woman…

Chapter 40

She went and stood behind him…

'We haven't seen the lad for months,' said Caleb…

'Now Mary's gone out, I must tell you a thing…'

As the Vicar walked to Lowick…

Chapter 41

'Have you done?' said Mr. Rigg, quietly…

Chapter 42

This sore susceptibility in relation to Dorothea…

The arrangements made by Mr. Casaubon…

'You refer to the possible hindrances…'

There was something horrible to Dorothea…

Book 5: The Dead Hand - Chapter 43

'Thank you very much for allowing me to interrupt…'

Will re-entered the drawing room…

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

One of the facts quickly rumoured was that Lydgate…

Mrs. Mawmsey had had a great deal of sitting…

Mr. Toller's prediction was partly verified.

How could Lydgate help himself?

There was an immediate refusal on the part…

Affairs were in this stage…

Presently Rosamond left the piano…

Chapter 46

Ladislaw had now accepted his bit of work…

But Will's articles and speeches…

'That's very fine, my dear fellow. But your cure…'

Chapter 47

Having silenced objection by force of unreason…

Chapter 48

In the library Dorothea observed…

'And now I think that I can take some repose,' said Mr. Casaubon…

And here Dorothea's pity turned from her own future…

Dorothea, feeling very weary…

Chapter 49

'My dear sir,' said Sir James, impatiently…

Chapter 50

'I can see what you are thinking of…'

His attendance on Dorothea while her brain was excited…

Dorothea tried now to turn her thoughts…

Chapter 51

Mr. Brooke always ended by agreeing…

But whether he should succeed in that mode…

'I am a close neighbour of yours, my good friends…'

Mr. Brooke re-entered the committee-room…

Chapter 52

Hardly a week later, Duty presented itself…

There was a moment's silence before Mr. Farebrother…

Mary looked so much moved, that he said after a moment…

Chapter 53

Mr. Bulstrode was conscious of being in a good spiritural frame…

Raffles opened wide eyes, and gave a long whistle…

It was not long before they were seated together…

Mr. Raffles ended with a jocose snuffle…

Book 6: The Widow and the Wife - Chapter 54

Mrs. Cadwallader said no more on that point…

Mrs. Farebrother recurred to her knitting…

She was not aware how long it was…

Will spoke at random: he was merely venting his petulance…

Chapter 55

One day that she went to Freshitt to fulfil her promise…

'My dear Mrs. Casaubon,' said Lady Chettam…

Chapter 56

In the absence of any precise idea…

The scent would have been sweeter to Fred Vincy…

Caleb paused here, and perhaps the greatest orator…

The expression of Caleb's face…

Mrs. Garth was not given to tears…

Fred entered on the subject directly…

Chapter 57

'Let us all go and see Mary,' said Christy…

The power of admonition which had begun to stir…

No doubt it was having a strong effect on him…

Mary at once saw the Vicar's intention.

Chapter 58

It might have been supposed that Rosamond…

Rosamond was soon looking lovelier than ever…

Its novelty made it the more irritating.

However, it had seemed a question of no moment…

Rosamond did not look at her husband…

'What can - I - do, Tertius?' said Rosamond…

'Are we to go without spoons and forks then?'

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Will was in a defiant mood…

Meanwhile Joseph had brought a trayful…

Next came two Dutch prints…

The bidding was brisk, and Will continued…

Later in the evening, however, Raffles overtook…

Chapter 61

But in truth Mr. Bulstrode was very far from a state…

He remembered his first moments of shrinking.

Meanwhile, in his conversation with Raffles…

Will felt something like an electric shock.

'I will not deny that you conjecture rightly,' he answered…

Chapter 62

Dorothea was detained on the good pretext…

'He said he would never do anything…'

When Will saw her there, he gave a start…

She put out her hand, and Will took it for an instant…

Book 7: Two Temptations - Chapter 63

The opportunity came at Mr. Vincy's…

'You will never care any more about my one-eyed giant…'

Chapter 64

Lydgate's anger rose: he was prepared…

He went out of the house, but as his blood cooled…

She returned home by Mr. Borthrop Trumbull's office…

But the next day she carried out her plan…

Lydgate sat paralyzed by opposing impulses…

Chapter 65

It is a terrible moment in young lives…

Chapter 66

Mr. Bambridge was not yet come…

Lydgate, by betting on his own strokes, had won…

There was a pause. Mr. Farebrother seemed to wait…

Chapter 67

But in the midst of his hesitation, opportunity came…

Bulstrode showed a rather exasperating ability…

Chapter 68

Bulstrode carried his candle to the bedside…

Bulstrode was only the more conscious…

'The lad would be as happy as two,' he said…

Chapter 69

'You are a conscientious man, Mr. Garth…'

Yet when he arrived at Stone Court…

After waiting for the note to be carried to Mrs. Bulstrode…

Chapter 70

Strange, piteous conflict in the soul…

The banker felt that he had done something…

To her surprise, Mr. Bulstrode did not answer.

On returning home Lydgate had a visit…

Chapter 71

'What's the man's name? Where can he be found?'

'Well,' he said, with a deep breath…

But this vague conviction of indeterminable guilt…

Mrs. Dollop looked round with the air of a landlady…

After the business had been fully opened…

After the word chicanery there was a growing noise…

Book 8: Sunset and Sunrise - Chapter 72

'Oh, how cruel!' said Dorothea, clasping her hands.

Chapter 73

But then came the question whether he should have acted…

Chapter 74

'Mr. Thesiger has always countenanced him…'

Mrs. Plymdale was in a situation…

Hence Mrs. Bulstrode was shown into the drawing-room…

He told her everything, very inartificially…

Chapter 75

'This is Chichely's scratch. What is he writing to you about?'

He thought, 'I am a fool. Haven't I given up…'

Chapter 76

Lydgate started up from his chair…

'Suppose,' said Dorothea, meditatively…

Lydgate did not answer, and she saw that he was…

Chapter 77

Dorothea's nature was of that kind…

Dorothea had another errand in Lowick Gate…

Chapter 78

Let it be forgiven to Will that he had no such movement of pity.

Chapter 79

Chapter 80

Then came the hour in which the waves of suffering…

She began now to live through that yesterday morning…

Chapter 81

Looking like the lovely ghost of herself…

Rosamond, with an overmastering pang…

'You are thinking what is not true,' said Rosamond…

Chapter 82

Thus he did nothing more decided…

Chapter 83

When the little lady had trotted away…

They stood silent, not looking at each other…

Chapter 84

Mr. Brooke was evidently in a state of nervous perturbation.

'I pointed everything out to her,' said Mr. Brooke…

But Celia was glad to have room for speech…

Dorothea, busy in her boudoir, felt a glow…

Chapter 85

He was full of timid care for his wife…

Chapter 86

Instead of speaking immediately, Caleb stood still…

Finale

Fred never became rich…

But this opinion of his did not cause a lasting alienation…

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