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Dorothea Brooke, a young woman of impeccable character, marries the embittered Mr. Casaubon, who almost immediately dies. Eliot takes the reader through a labyrinth of nineteenth-century morals and conventions as Dorothea searches for fulfillment and happiness.
What is wonderful about George Eliot's Middlemarch is that she translates her previous fables (Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss) into the fates of an entire community. The clashes of different fates are like the War of the Worlds, in her massive morality.--Submitted by Anonymous.
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