I don’t know how far along I’ll carry these comments, but
I’d like to share a little bit about Middlemarch with you.
Dorothea Brooke is almost twenty years old. Her sister, Celia,
is a little younger. They have been orphaned and are being
raised by their uncle.
The uncle is an endearing type and I think we’ll enjoy reading
about him as the book goes along for some comic relief.
Dorothea is religious, serious and studious. Celia is more
light-hearted and in some awe of her sister.
Sir James Chettam lives nearby–a friend of the family–and
a frequent visitor at “Tipton Grange”. You and I soon realize that he’s
in love with Dorothea. And that Celia loves him.
There is a guest at dinner one evening, a Reverend Edward
Casaubon, who has ‘profound learning’ and will soon have a
book published. He is wealthy. Well, they’re all wealthy I think.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of this. (!)
Dorothea, becomes interested in Casaubon, thinks he is wise and
learned (learnED), but he is a figure of fun to Celia. He’s fifty!
for heaven’s sake, and she claims he slurps his soup.
to be continued if you care . . .