Middlemarch is a classic worth reading, if nothing else than to enlarge one’s understanding of British lit. in George Eliot’s period. It is also a masterpiece. I especially enjoyed the way she developed the character of Dorothea, with her noble and somewhat thwarted aspirations.

Just a side note: It seems to me that part of what thwarted Dorothea’s spirituality was the fact that religion in her day was married to a governmental system and bound in lots of tradition. It seemed that her sensitive, spiritual nature lacked support and guidance from the religious figures in her life. Thus, she did not know how to truly express her faith by following Jesus. I doubt if this was a point that George Eliot was trying to make, however.

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