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By F. B. Pinion

This serious survey of George Eliot's works contains a biographical advent and a short account of the ancient occasions that performed a component in her fiction. various quotations from her letters make sure that the main necessary features of Eliot's idea are safely conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impression on Thomas Hardy.

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William Hale White, a shy young lodger at 142 Strand, who was employed by Chapman after expulsion from theological college, noticed her remarkable personality, responded to her sympathetic encouragement, and recalled years later her delight in music, particularly one evening when she played Beethoven to him alone. Herbert Spencer was attracted by her intellect; he thought her 'the most admirable woman, mentally' he ever met. He took her to plays and operas, and she always felt 'better for being with him'.

Sara Hennell was present, and three days later they all dined at Holly Lodge, the Leweses having read the manuscript of Sara's Thoughts in Aid of Faith, and found that they could not accept her views. Marian reflected sorrowfully on egoistic blunderings which thwart the current of sympathy and outgoing interest, making it difficult to re-establish communication between friends who meet after a long interval. 59): If Art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally. I have had heart-cutting experience that opinions are a poor cement between human souls; and the only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings, is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact of being struggling erring human creatures.

18 A George Eliot Companion made her ill dissecting the beautiful story of the crucifixion'. A cast of Thorvaldsen's Risen Christ and a copy of Delaroche's engraving Christ helped to sustain her through this crisis at Foleshill. The last hundred pages proved to be intolerably dull. Her main reward lay in contributing to the cause of truth; when The Life of Jesus appeared in June 1846 without the translator's name, Mary Ann received £20 for a translation which Strauss praised for its accuracy and clarity.

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