By F. B. Pinion

This severe survey of George Eliot's works contains a biographical creation and a short account of the ancient occasions that performed a component in her fiction. various quotations from her letters make sure that the main necessary points of Eliot's concept are thoroughly conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's effect on Thomas Hardy.

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20 A George Eliot Companion The Brays, who had planned a continental tour, kindly invited Mary Ann to join them. From Paris they travelled by coach to Lyons, by boat down the Rhone to Avignon, then on to Marseilles and Genoa. After a week there, they moved on via Milan to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, before riding on mules over the Simplon Pass. Sunburnt and exhausted, they reached Geneva, where Mary Ann decided to prolong her stay. In the pension by the lake where she lived several weeks, she met some interesting guests, including a marquise who dressed her hair and got rid of her curls; she made headway with her translation of Spinoza's TractatusTheologico-Politicus.

Mackay, whose book The Progress of the Intellect he had published. As Mackay's views on the mythical origin of much in the Bible coincided with Strauss's, Mary Ann was invited by Chapman to write an article on the book for The Westminster Revz"ew. Her essay shows critical independence, a firm command of the subject, faith in 'positive truth' based on the reconciliation of religion and science or philosophy, and recognition of the 'inexorable law of consequences' in both the physical and moral worlds.

Returning to Limpsfield in August for another three weeks, they found renovation in rural quietude; and Marian wrote most. of 'Armgart' in this 'favourite Surrey retreat'. The Franco-Prussian war distressed her. ' she reflected as she thought of the autumn sunshine on the hideous guns being hauled to Paris. She began the 'Miss Brooke' story in November, and spent Christmas with Barbara Bodichon on the Isle of Wight. Middlemarch was Marian's main preoccupation in 1871. So much remained to be done that she decided ultimately not to attend the Scott centenary celebrations in Edinburgh lest she should 'break down and die without finishing it'.

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