This assortment bargains scholars and students of Eliot’s paintings a well timed serious reappraisal of her corpus, together with her poetry and non-fiction, reflecting the most recent advancements in literary feedback. It positive aspects cutting edge research exploring the relation among Eliot’s Victorian highbrow sensibilities and people of our personal era.
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Eliot’s narratorial discourse clearly moves beyond abstract moralizing and evaluation to deliberate empathetic manipulation and “shaping”5 of her audience. There is a comparable moment in Adam Bede when Hetty is, for once, seen compassionately. Again, we do not learn what she thinks or feels but confront her as the enigma of suffering hidden behind the screen of touristic pastoralism. The narratee is put into the role of a traveler unaware of the seamy underside of the natural beauties displayed for his gaze.
15). The gnomic statement creates an analogy to the discussed inclination of men to take pretty women as harmless fools and innocent child-like creatures who need to be protected and are apt to be “lovely and loving” (153; ch. 15)—note the alliteration. The analogy of the peach which costs you your tooth applies to the argument that women who look like fruit are apt to be bitten into to the detriment of the male consumer. This analogy is an implicit metaphor. . of kittens, or very small downy ducks” (83; ch.
This must be a large part of what Eliot wants to say, and indeed it is what Lydgate says in non-metaphorical terms when he evokes Will’s “romantic disregard” of his “worldly interests” (467; ch. 46). But it isn’t what the metaphor actually says. It doesn’t even say “His mind formed no picture of such an event,” which would still be quite different from living among the event’s scenery. Eliot is inviting us not only to understand the sense of the metaphor but to see or feel what it does for her idea, and by implication, to wonder what sort of effect might be achieved by another metaphor— an arena, for example, or a climate—or by a non-metaphorical term like hope or expectation.