Middlemarch and Aphorism

This week I’ve been teaching George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-2) to my lovely group of first-years. One question that kept coming up centred on the narrator’s voice.

Middlemarch by George Eliot on a bookshelf
Middlemarch, keeping company (appropriately) with our china phrenology head, and (less appropriately) with a waving gold cat.

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