On this day in 1871, volume 1 of MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot was published.
"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?"
「《真該早些惹怒你：關於科學、科學家和人性的隨筆. 關於科學、科學家和人性的隨筆.》一出版就落伍」提到該書不一致處：「……. G. Eliot的名著Middlemarch一處用《密德爾馬契》（p.405），另一處用《中途》（p.147）」
想起去年的SIMON University (2003/12/15)：「hc看ylib的"聊齋"談笑:
george eliot (女人的男化名)的小說 middlemarch
有人說是: 三月中/有人說是: 遊行中
我擔心, 難道是: 米豆麻奇 (音譯) 米德瑪赤：梁實秋，英國文學史
Viginia Woolf once called George Eliot's Middlemarch the only Victorian novel written for grown-ups.
Let the high Muse chant loves Olympian: We are but mortals, and must sing of man.
An eminent philosopher among my friends, who can dignify even your ugly furniture by lifting it into the serene light of science, has shown me this pregnant little fact. Your pier–glass or extensive surface of polished steel made to be rubbed by a housemaid, will be minutely and multitudinously scratched in all directions; but place now against it a lighted candle as a centre of illumination, and lo! the scratches will seem to arrange themselves in a fine series of concentric circles round that little sun. It is demonstrable that the scratches are going everywhere impartially and it is only your candle which produces the flattering illusion of a concentric arrangement, its light falling with an exclusive optical selection. These things are a parable. The scratches are events, and the candle is the egoism of any person now absent— of Miss Vincy, for example.
One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot "was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment." Introduction by E. S. Shaffer. READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/45823/middlemarch/
Silas Marner (織工馬南傳)， 梁實秋譯，
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silas_MarnerSilas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is the third novel by George Eliot, published in 1861. An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, it is notable for its strong realism and its sophisticated treatment of a variety of issues ranging from religion to industrialisation to community.
“Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.”
― from SILAS MARNER by George Eliot
When Silas Marner is wrongly accused of crime and expelled from his community, he vows to turn his back upon the world. He moves to the village of Raveloe, where he remains an outsider and an object of suspicion until an extraordinary sequence of events, including the theft of his gold and the appearance of a tiny, golden-haired child in his cottage, transforms his life. Part beautifully realized rural portraiture and part fairy tale, the story of Marner’s redemption and restoration to humanity has long been George Eliot’s most beloved and widely read work. The isolated, misanthropic, miserly weaver Silas Marner is one of George Eliot’s greatest creations, and his presence casts a strange, otherworldly glow over the moral dramas, both large and small, that take place in the pastoral landscape that surrounds him. Introduction by Rosemary Ashton. READ an excerpt here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/45828/silas-marner/