By Gordon S. Haight, T. VanArsdel
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Extra resources for George Eliot: A Centenary Tribute
Peter Coveney (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books 1972); Middlemarch (M), ed. Gordon S. Haight (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956); Daniel Deronda (DD), ed. Barbara Hardy (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1967). References, which are included in the text, are by chapter and page number. Unsigned review, Saturday Review, 7 (26 February 1859), 250-51. tical Heritage, ed. David Carroll (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971), p. 76. Bn'tish Quarterly Retnew, 45 Qanuary 1867), 164. 'Incest Patterns in Two Victorian Novels,' Literature and Psychology, 15 (Summer 1965), 155.
Gradually, over a period of time, Gwendolen has developed such a hatred and fear of Grandcourt that she begins to wish for him to die. She sees his dead white face everywhere both before and after he dies in a sailboat accident. When he has drowned, obsessed with guilty knowledge, she knows that in her thoughts and possibly in her actions, she is a murderer. Although she has not been responsible for his going overboard, she has failed to throw him the rope that was available, so eager was she that he should perish.
Overtly, Eliot says only that his proposal was due to Lydgate's 'impetuous folly' (p. 112). What she does not specify is the deeper symbolic tie between Lydgate's youthful proposal and his actual marriage, that is, his virtually suicidal attraction to beautiful, ruthless, even destructive women. Laure would reappear as Rosamond Viney. ) But in a multiplicity novel with as many strands of action as Middlemarch has, the problems of relationship are less temporal than spatial. How make ties among parallel strands?
George Eliot: A Centenary Tribute by Gordon S. Haight, T. VanArsdel