Middlemarch

George ELIOT (1819 - 1880)

The book examines the role of education in the lives of the characters and how such education and study has affected the characters. Rosamond Vincy's finishing school education is a foil to Dorothea Brooke's religiously-motivated quest for knowledge. Rosamond initially admires Lydgate for his exotic education, and his intellect. A similar dynamic is present in Dorothea and Casaubon's relationship, with Dorothea revering her new husband's intellect and eloquence. In both cases, however, the young wives' expectations of their husbands intellects are not reflected in reality.
Despite extreme erudition, Mr. Casaubon is afraid to publish because he believes that he must write a work that is utterly above criticism. In contrast, Lydgate at times arrogantly flaunts his knowledge, making enemies with his fellow physicians. He regards the residents of Middlemarch with a certain amount of contempt stemming from his belief that the townspeople are backwards and uninteresting. However, his education has not included tact and politicking, skills necessary in a small town but are seen by Lydgate as below him, the brilliant doctor. (summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 01 & Prologue Guntar
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Play 02 Chapter 02 Guntar
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Play 03 Chapter 03 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 04 Chapter 04 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 05 Chapter 05 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 06 Chapter 06 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 07 Chapter 07 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 08 Chapter 08 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 09 Chapter 09 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 10 Chapter 10 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 11 Chapter 11 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 12 Chapter 12 Elizabeth Klett
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Play 13 Chapter 13 Lars Rolander
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Play 14 Chapter 14 Lars Rolander
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Play 15 Chapter 15 Lars Rolander
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Play 16 Chapter 16 redabrus
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Play 17 Chapter 17 redabrus
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Play 18 Chapter 18 redabrus
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Play 19 Chapter 19 redabrus
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Play 20 Chapter 20 redabrus
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Play 21 Chapter 21 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 22 Chapter 22 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 23 Chapter 23 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 24 Chapter 24 Madame Tusk
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Play 25 Chapter 25 Madame Tusk
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Play 26 Chapter 26 Madame Tusk
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Play 27 Chapter 27 Madame Tusk
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Play 28 Chapter 28 Madame Tusk
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Play 29 Chapter 29 Madame Tusk
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Play 30 Chapter 30 Madame Tusk
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Play 31 Chapter 31 hefyd
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Play 32 Chapter 32 hefyd
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Play 33 Chapter 33 hefyd
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Play 34 Chapter 34 hefyd
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Play 35 Chapter 35 hefyd
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Play 36 Chapter 36 Lars Rolander
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Play 37 Chapter 37 Lars Rolander
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Play 38 Chapter 38 Lars Rolander
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Play 39 Chapter 39 Lars Rolander
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Play 40 Chapter 40 Andy
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Play 41 Chapter 41 Andy
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Play 42 Chapter 42 redabrus
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Play 43 Chapter 43 redabrus
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Play 44 Chapter 44 redabrus
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Play 45 Chapter 45 redabrus
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Play 46 Chapter 46 redabrus
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Play 47 Chapter 47 redabrus
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Play 48 Chapter 48 redabrus
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Play 49 Chapter 49 redabrus
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Play 50 Chapter 50 redabrus
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Play 51 Chapter 51 Jennie Hughes
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Play 52 Chapter 52 Jennie Hughes
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Play 53 Chapter 53 Lars Rolander
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Play 54 Chapter 54 Lars Rolander
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Play 55 Chapter 55 Lars Rolander
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Play 56 Chapter 56 Lars Rolander
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Play 57 Chapter 57 Simon Evers
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Play 58 Chapter 58 Simon Evers
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Play 59 Chapter 59 redabrus
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Play 60 Chapter 60 redabrus
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Play 61 Chapter 61 Sheila Morton
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Play 62 Chapter 62 Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 63 Chapter 63 Ralph Snelson
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Play 64 Chapter 64 Martina
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Play 65 Chapter 65 Martina
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Play 66 Chapter 66 Jack Farrell
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Play 67 Chapter 67 Jack Farrell
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Play 68 Chapter 68 Anna Simon
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Play 69 Chapter 69 Madame Tusk
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Play 70 Chapter 70 Madame Tusk
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Play 71 Chapter 71 Madame Tusk
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Play 72 Chapter 72 Madame Tusk
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Play 73 Chapter 73 redabrus
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Play 74 Chapter 74 redabrus
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Play 75 Chapter 75 redabrus
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Play 76 Chapter 76 redabrus
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Play 77 Chapter 77 Madame Tusk
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Play 78 Chapter 78 Madame Tusk
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Play 79 Chapter 79 Madame Tusk
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Play 80 Chapter 80 Madame Tusk
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Play 81 Chapter 81 Madame Tusk
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Play 82 Chapter 82 Madame Tusk
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Play 83 Chapter 83 Madame Tusk
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Play 84 Chapter 84 Madame Tusk
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Play 85 Chapter 85 Madame Tusk
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Play 86 Chapter 86 & Finale Aaron Elliott
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