By F. B. Pinion
This serious survey of George Eliot's works contains a biographical creation and a quick account of the historic occasions that performed an element in her fiction. a variety of quotations from her letters make sure that the main worthwhile facets of Eliot's inspiration are accurately conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impression on Thomas Hardy.
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Barbara Bodichon came twice a week to talk to the patient, who was wonderfully sweet-tempered. After completing her 'Brother and Sister' sonnets, Marian ventured to begin Middlemarch. A week later Thornton was paralysed below the waist; he died peacefully on 19 December. Some comfort came from living three weeks with 'nice people in an old-fashioned farm house' at Limpsfield, Surrey. Marian turned 40 A George Elz"ot Companion to poetry, continuing 'The Legend of Jubal'. Neither she nor George could settle to their principal work.
His dependence on her excited continual scenes, especially with Elizabeth; eventually wife and mistress united in jealous opposition against her, and on 24 March 1851 the susceptible, affection-hungry Miss Evans found herself on a train for Coventry, in circumstances which inevitably recalled her precipitate departure from Dr Brabant's. Soon afterwards Chapman agreed to purchase The Westminster Review and become its nominal editor. He knew, however, that he needed Marian (as she now signed herself) to manage it, and came to Rosehill to see her.
George Smith the publisher called to interest him in his new venture, The Comhill Magazine, not without hope that he might secure George Eliot one day. Dickens dined with them, anxious to serialize Marian's new novel in All the Year Round; and Lewes, prospecting for better terms, approached another editor. In all the business transactions which preoccupied the Leweses from time to time, it is john Blackwood whose integrity remains undimmed. He had promised a gratuity of £800 on the success of Adam Bede, and knew the way the wind was blowing George Eliot's Life 33 from hints in Lewes's letters.