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Old 09-16-2020, 03:00 PM   #1721 (permalink)
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Glad you're enjoying it, Marie! I can't comment on the casting, as I haven't read the book yet - but as far as the tv production goes, Dorothea, Mary, and Dr. Lydgate are my favorite characters. I also recall liking Mr. Garth (Mary's dad) a lot, and Uncle Brooke is a hoot! LOL at Dorothea (reluctantly) examining Mamma's emerald necklace: "How deeply colors seem to penetrate one, like scent."

My vote for best scene with your darling Mary is the night of Mr. Featherstone's death, when they are alone - that one really stuck with me - a brief but amazing scene which really encapsulates Mary's good character.

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Old 09-16-2020, 03:16 PM   #1722 (permalink)
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yes the deathbed scene with Mary is permanently engraved in my heart <3 and Mr. Garth is one of the nicest characters.
I once read some essay on George Eliot which talked about the fact that, for a writer who is considered so cerebral, she's remarkably aware of physical/sexual and other worldly temptations, and I really liked that observation. Like how many of her strongest characters in the end marry much less worthy people who just happen to have sex appeal. The thing with the necklace is one of those clever ways in which she shows Dorothea's repressed urges and desires, and the actress nails it too
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:35 PM   #1723 (permalink)
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I've watched the series about three times and cry at the deathbed scene with Mary every time. That's a very interesting observation about George Eliot's writing. I saw a Top 100 British novels of all time list on the 'net the other day, and Middlemarch was #1. I really need to lock myself in a "tenant's cottage" someday and read it!
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I have to admit that I've never read Middlemarch either. I'm impressed that you have Marie. May I ask what language you read it in? I once read Mill On The Floss but found it a bit of a struggle at times, so Silas Marner still sits untouched on my bookshelf.
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Old 09-17-2020, 11:06 AM   #1725 (permalink)
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Middlemarch really isn't as forbidding as it apparently seems. I read it in English, I think it's a pity not to read books in the original language if I can (I really want to be able to read French and Russian too, some day I will!). I haven't read Silas Marner yet, but I adore the Mill On The Floss. Did you find it tedious?
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It was so long ago that I don't really remember why I didn't particularly like it. Perhaps the I thought the story was a little slow, perhaps I was comparing it unfavourably to Jane Austen. I enjoyed the insights into humble rural life from so long ago though.

Silas Marner is about half as long as "Mill" so perhaps I'll give it a try, Marie.
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Silas Marner is about half as long as "Mill" so perhaps I'll give it a try, Marie.
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