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Silas Marner by George Eliot
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Nov 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classic-novels
Read from August 08 to 11, 2012

Middlemarch set a high standard that this book does not quite meet. Nevertheless, like that work, this book contains memorable characters and shows the author at her best when she steps back from their plot developments and comments on the patterns of human interaction in general – those that have not changed at all between her time and this.
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George Eliot
“The dull mind, once arriving at an inference that flatters the desire, is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which the inference started was purely problematic.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“Every man's work, pursued steadily, tends to become an end in itself, and so to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“mysterious money had stood to him as the symbol of earthly good, and the immediate object of toil. He had seemed to love it little in the years when every penny had its purpose for him; for he loved the purpose then. But now, when all purpose was gone, that habit of looking towards the money and grasping it with a sense of fulfilled effort made a loam that was deep enough for the seeds of desire.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“The sense of security more frequently springs from habit than from conviction, and for this reason it often
subsists after such a change in the conditions as might have been expected to suggest alarm. The lapse of time during which a given event has not happened, is, in this logic of habit, constantly alleged as a reason why the event should never happen, even when the lapse of time is precisely the added condition which makes the event imminent.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“A bit o' bread's what I like from one year's end to the other; but men's stomachs are made so comical, they want a change--they do, I know, God help 'em.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner

George Eliot
“There was no keenness in the eyes; they seemed rather to be shedding love than making observations; they had the liquid look which tells that the mind is full of what it has to give out, rather than impressed by external objects.”
George Eliot, Silas Marner


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