Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The second part of Middlemarch

There are about 40 of us here again for the first discussion of the second part of Middlemarch (books 4, 5, and 6).
One of the first questions we discussed was whether Middlemarch engaged the reader more in the heart or the head.

 Storytelling in Eliot's time versus the modern novel. Lots of agreement that Middlemarch is not plot-driven.
What is a leveret? According to Merriam Webster's online, it's a hare in its first year.
Dagley's son kills one and Brooke discussion with Dagley goes off the rails partly due to Dagley's inebriation, and partly due to misunderstanding, mostly on Brooke's part.

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