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Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
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Feb 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read from February 02 to March 05, 2010

I unabashedly love this book. Sure, it's not Eliot at her height but she's testing her wings here, giving us a first taste on her views of the interactions between men and women.
There's quite a few good laughs in here- she has a great ear for people's nonsense (A Mr. Dempster killed me with his asserted belief that the Presbyterians were founded by John Presbyter and got a whole pub to belief that lie. Presbyr actually means "elder", there was no John P! But the man who asserted it meant "elder" against Mr. Dempster's belief left the pub in a huff, pissed at Dempster for asserting such wholly believed idiocy.)
Sometimes I wondered if the stories bordered on sentimentality but that is a very fine line. I did shed a few tears over the last story because there was something so...(and this isn't a word we use today but I shall) noble about it.
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