By F. B. Pinion
This severe survey of George Eliot's works contains a biographical creation and a quick account of the ancient occasions that performed a component in her fiction. a variety of quotations from her letters make sure that the main invaluable features of Eliot's idea are appropriately conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impression on Thomas Hardy.
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She had lost most of her old friends. Miss Martineau never forgave her, but Bessie Parkes was loyal, though a source of embarrassment when she directed her letters to 'Miss 26 A George Eliot Companion Evans'. Sara Hennell ultimately plucked up courage and called, only to find that Marian and Lewes were out on one of those delightful walks for which East Sheen had been chosen. George had been ill, and she had read Old Mortality and The Fair Maid of Perth to him, the one 'beneficent' result of preparations to write an article on Scott which had to be abandoned.
When Marian introduced her to Lewes she showed displeasure, prompted not so much by rivalry (his book on Comte having appeared a few weeks before hers) as by the recollection of his attack on her previous work. Bessie Parkes was a frequent visitor, sometimes with her friend Barbara Leigh Smith, an artist who lent Marian some of her water-colours to brighten her room. George Lewes, it is thought, came more and more often. Two books by Marian had been announced by Chapman, The Idea of a Future Life and Ludwig Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity, a translation.
20 A George Eliot Companion The Brays, who had planned a continental tour, kindly invited Mary Ann to join them. From Paris they travelled by coach to Lyons, by boat down the Rhone to Avignon, then on to Marseilles and Genoa. After a week there, they moved on via Milan to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, before riding on mules over the Simplon Pass. Sunburnt and exhausted, they reached Geneva, where Mary Ann decided to prolong her stay. In the pension by the lake where she lived several weeks, she met some interesting guests, including a marquise who dressed her hair and got rid of her curls; she made headway with her translation of Spinoza's TractatusTheologico-Politicus.
A George Eliot Companion: Literary Achievement and Modern Significance by F. B. Pinion