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The saving influence of a noble nature


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I finished Middlemarch, by George Eliot, last week, one of the grandest of books. Dorothea Brooke is truly a magnificent heroine. (After weeks reading it I miss Dorothea, Ladislaw, Lydgate, Mr Farebrother and the Garths. I love them all. I will not miss Rosamond though – the terror of marrying a person so shallow and

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The one about sentimentality in art


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I came upon this quote on sentimentality in art, over at The Happiness Project, and it has to go here as a quote for keeping. How about the second paragraph. And The Mill on the Floss. Yes. The first four books within that book might be the slowest thing I’ve ever read, and required a

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George Eliot on the first celebrity megapastor


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Carl Trueman quotes Weinstein quoting Romola by George Eliot. This might give you some explanation for why it took me so long to read Romola. Fifteenth century Florence was a complex place. Eliot, for all she illuminates his flaws and his demise, is actually quite sympathetic towards Savonarola, and it is his character I quoted

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Half the vocation of the spiritual guide of men


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I thought this was a stirring little passage from Romola, by George Eliot, that gets at something in how one might ‘speak the truth in love’ to another. Fra Girolamo (the book is all Catholic of course, being set in 15th Century Florence) has just come upon and arrested Romola in the midst of her

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