Romola: Volume 1

Smith, Elder

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Smith, Elder
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Dec 31, 1880
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Book 8
More famously known by her pen name George Eliot, Mary Anne Evans was a celebrated novelist, journalist, translator, critic and leading writer of the Victorian era. Her novels of provincial life in England were celebrated for their innovative realism and psychological insight. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of George Eliot, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 5)

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* ALL 7 novels, with individual contents tables
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* Includes the complete shorter fiction and poetry
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CONTENTS:

The Novels
ADAM BEDE
THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
SILAS MARNER
ROMOLA
FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL
MIDDLEMARCH
DANIEL DERONDA

The Shorter Fiction
SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE
THE LIFTED VEIL
BROTHER JACOB

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS

The Translations
THE LIFE OF JESUS CRITICALLY EXAMINED by Dr. David Friedrich Strauss
THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY by Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

The Non-Fiction
THREE MONTHS IN WEIMAR
IMPRESSIONS OF THEOPHRASTUS SUCH
MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS

The Criticism
GEORGE ELIOT: A CRITICAL STUDY OF HER LIFE, WRITINGS AND PHILOSOPHY by George Willis Cooke
THE ETHICS OF GEORGE ELIOT’S WORKS by John Morley
GEORGE ELIOT by Virginia Woolf
LETTER FROM EMILY DICKINSON TO FRANCES AND LOUISE NORCROSS
THE NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT by Henry James
DANIEL DERONDA: A CONVERSATION by Henry James
THE POETRY OF GEORGE ELIOT by Henry James
ON GEORGE ELIOT from The Quarterly Review
GEORGE ELIOT, HAWTHORNE, GOETHE, HEINE by William Dean Howells
GEORGE ELIOT by Richard Burton
GEORGE ELIOT by William Ernest Henley
GEORGE ELIOT by Frederic Harrison
“GEORGE ELIOT’S” ANALYSIS OF MOTIVES by Nathan Sheppard
GEORGE ELIOT’S HEROINES from The Spectator

The Biographies
GEORGE ELIOT’S LIFE AS RELATED IN HER LETTERS AND JOURNALS
GEORGE ELIOT by Mathilde Blind
THE LIFE OF GEORGE ELIOT by John Morley
GEORGE ELIOT by Sarah Knowles Bolton
GEORGE ELIOT by Hattie Tyng Griswold

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George Eliot
CHAPTER I.

Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even science, the strict measurer, is obliged to start with a make-believe unit, and must fix on a point in the stars' unceasing journey when his sidereal clock shall pretend that time is at Nought. His less accurate grandmother Poetry has always been understood to start in the middle; but on reflection it appears that her proceeding is not very different from his; since Science, too, reckons backward as well as forward, divides his unit into billions, and with his clock-finger at Nought really sets off in medias res. No retrospect will take us to the true beginning; and whether our prologue be in heaven or on earth, it is but a fraction of that all-presupposing fact with which our story sets out.

Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance? Was the good or the evil genius dominant in those beams? Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm? Why was the wish to look again felt as coercion and not as a longing in which the whole being consents?

She who raised these questions in Daniel Deronda's mind was occupied in gambling: not in the open air under a southern sky, tossing coppers on a ruined wall, with rags about her limbs; but in one of those splendid resorts which the enlightenment of ages has prepared for the same species of pleasure at a heavy cost of gilt mouldings, dark-toned color and chubby nudities, all correspondingly heavy—forming a suitable condenser for human breath belonging, in great part, to the highest fashion, and not easily procurable to be breathed in elsewhere in the like proportion, at least by persons of little fashion.

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