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Questions about the works of Mary Ann Evans (1819–1880) or her life as a writer. She went by the pseudonym of George Eliot.

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What does "the last act of baseness- the tasting of joys that were wrung from crushed hearts" mean?

From The Mill on the Floss: Day break came and the reddening eastern light, while her past life was grasping her in this way, with that tightening clutch which comes in the last moments of possible ...
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Meaning of "makes the margin of our deeper rest" in "The Mill on the Floss"?

From chapter XIV of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot: When Maggie was gone to sleep, Stephen, weary too with his unaccustomed amount of rowing, and with the intense inward life of the last ...
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How does the figure of “dropping oil to catch the air-borne motes” work in George Eliot’s “The Spanish Gypsy”?

The Spanish Gypsy (1868) by George Eliot is a closet drama in blank verse, set in Spain in the late 15th century, during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella. Duke Silva of Bedmár is engaged to Fedalma,...
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Why does George Eliot call night "bright" and "radiant"?

"The Radiant Dark" by George Eliot - Hello Poetry Should I long that dark were fair? Say, O song. Lacks my love aught that I should long? Dark the night with breath all flow'rs And tender ...
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Is Dorothea's nickname metaphorical?

In Middlemarch by George Eliot Dorothea Brook's nickname is Dodo. Or actually to be exact her sister, Celia Brook's nickname for her is Dodo. Is this an allusion to Dorothea's almost extinct kind? ...
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What is the plot significance of the discovery of Dunstan and the money?

Warning: major spoilers follow for the plot of Silas Marner. In George Eliot (Marian Evans)'s novel Silas Marner, the eponymous weaver's life goes through several significant stages: his years-long ...
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