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1. "'It is not a sin to make yourself poor in performing experiment for the good of all.'" p. 17/ 13// B1/ C2

Description: This sentence is uttered by Dorothea. She points out that it is better to use money to discover the way men can make use of the land that supports all the people. In this statement, she stresses that it is better to use all the money you have in order to carry out experiments that can turn out to bring the benefits to the whole society. 

2. "'I think she is," said Celia, feeling afraid lest she should say something that would not please her sister and blushing as prettily as possible above her necklace. 'She likes giving up.'" p. 18/14// B1/ C2

In this quote, Celia is responding to the question that is posed by Sir James in which he asks whether Celia’s sister, Dorothea, is given to self-mortification or not. However, Sir James poses this question having a belief that Dorothea is given to self-mortification. Celia responds to this with much caution by ensuring that she does not hurt her sister. She comments that she likes giving up. In response to this, Dorothea admits that she gives up but points out that she does with good reasons. The message Dorothea sends, basing on her words is that one may be acting right by giving up because it is not right to keep on doing what one feels it is not very much agreeable.

3. "'Fad to draw plans! Do you think I only care about my fellow creatures' houses in that childish way? I may well make mistakes. How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?'" p. 37/ 33// B1/ C4

In this quote, it is Dorothea who is expressing her anger. This draws her character as being a person who has a quick temper. She is responding to words that are targeted towards her by Celia in which she commends that it is Dorothea’s favorite FAD to draw plans. Dorothea does not accept that it is not her favorite FAD to draw plans. She admits that she does mistakes but then stresses that there is no way for anyone to do anything in a noble Christian way given the fact that she is living among human beings who have petty thoughts. This indicates the character of Dorothea as someone who does not have tactics to survive among people in a better way by carrying out the appropriate adjustment. And she is someone who is very much proud.

4. "Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts-not to hurt others." p. 61/ 57// B1/ C6

This statement is uttered by George Eliot where he views pride as being a positive thing. This indicates his character as someone who is proud because he embraces pride. According to him, pride is a good thing for the reason that assists someone to conceal his or her own hurts so as not to cause harm to other people. This is clear revelation as to the reason why people turn out to be people with pride. However, this can not serve to justify people to turn out to be proud. In actual sense, in some instances, someone’s pride can harm other people.

5. ""I don't' see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly.' 'I think the goodness should come before he expects that.'" p. 130/ 139// B2/ C14

These words are spoken by Fred to Mary about a man’s goodness and the love of a woman to a man. He points out that the  goodness of a man is supposed to come before a woman love him dearly. He believes, as later indicated in the sentences that follow, that women do not love men because of their goodness. But in case they do, then the women don’t think of men as being bad. Following, Fred expresses his view about marriage and points out to Mary that, if she loves him, then she should promise to marry him. He points out to Mary that he shall be having no goodness to, if she did not say she loved him or if s he did not promise to marry him.   

6. "Not that Rosamond was in the least like a kitten: she was a sylph caught young and educated at Mrs. Lemon's." p. 151/ 160// B2/ C16

This statement comments about Rosamond. At this point, they are with Lydgate at the time he is looking at Rosamond with so much admiration. This admiration instills in her so much pleasure that she tries to conceal. She makes a habitual gesture with her hand the same way as any gesture carried out by the kitten using her paw. However, it is pointed out that Rosamond was not in any way like a kitten for the reason that she was a woman who was much accomplished. She had been educated at Mrs. Lemon’. As Lydgate points out, a woman who is educated knows mush more than men eve if the woman’s thoughts are of a different sort.

7. "Mrs. Farebrother... brought up her children to wear flannel and not to over-eat themselves, which last habit she considered the chief reason why people need doctors. Lydgate pleaded for those whose fathers and mothers had over-eaten themselves." p. 160/ 169// B2/ C17

At this point Mrs. Farebrother welcomes her guest in a manner that is lively formal and precise. She gives out information to the guest that that they were not, in most cases, in need of anything. She had brought up her children in a manner that they overfed themselves and the reason she gives for this is that doctors need to work and that is why they are there

8. "A model clergyman, like a model doctor, ought to think his own profession the finest in the world." p. 166/ 176// B2/ C17

At this point Lydgate was doubtful that Vicar criticized himself. A clergyman who is a model, the same way as a doctor s a model is supposed to engage in thinking about his profession being the finest in the whole world and consider knowledge as being nourishment to his or her moral therapeutics as well as pathology.

9. "The fact is unalterable, that a fellow-mortal with whose nature you are acquainted solely through the brief entrances and exits of a few imaginative weeks called courtship, may, when seen in the continuity of married companionship, be disclosed as something better or worse than what your have preconceived, but will certainly not appear altogether the same." p. 186/ 195// B2/ C20

This comment follows questions that are asked. One of the questions is about Mr. Casaubon being learned just like before, whether his sentiments had turned out to be laudable. “Had not Dorothea’s enthusiasm especially dwelt on the prospect of relieving the weight and perhaps the sadness with which great tasks lie on him who has to achieve them” And that such weight pressed on Mr. Casaubon was only plainer than before.” (Eliot, 146).

10."We are all of us born in moral stupidity, taking the world as an udder to feed our supreme selves: Dorothea had early begun to emerge from that stupidity, but yet it had been easier to her to imagine how she would devote herself to Mr. Casaubon, and become wise and strong in his strength and wisdom... p. 201/ 211// B2/ C21

11."...and what business had he to talk of her lips? She was not a woman to be spoken of as other women were. Will could not say just what he thought, but he became irritable." p. 207/ 217// B2/ C21

This statement is referring to Will having thoughts about talking about Dorothea. She was about to talk about the beauty of Dorothea but realizes that it is needless to talk about the physical beauty of such a woman because she was not a common woman like other women he knew.

12. "But this very fact of her exceptional indulgence towards him make it the harder to Fred that he must now inevitably sink in her opinion." p. 230/ 243// B3/ C24

13. "The ideas and hopes which were living in her mind when she first saw this room nearly three month before were present now only as memories: she judged them as we judge transient and departed things." p. 262/ 275// B3/ C28

Here in this quotation, the ideas and hopes that are being referred to are those that Dorothea is carrying in her mind. She is having great thoughts about her life and everything around her did not make much sense and she was living in a nightmare from which she was struggling to get out.

14. "In a very little while there was no longer any doubt that peter Featherstone was dead, with his right hand clasping the keys, and his left hand lying on the help of notes and gold." p. 306/ 319// B3/ C33

15. "It was rather irritating to him, even with the wine of love in his veins, to be obliged to mingle so often with the family part at the Vincys', and to enter so much into Middlemarch gossip, protracted good cheer, whist-playing and general futility." p. 333/ 349// B4/ C36

16. "Poor Mr. Casaubon felt (and must not we, being impartial, feel with him a little?) that no man had juster cause for disgust and suspicion than he." p.359 /375// B4/ C37

17. "'It is the grandest profession in the world, Rosamond,' said Lydgate, gravely. 'And to say that you love me without loving the medical man in me, is the same sort of thing as to say that you like eating a peach but don't like its flavor.'" p. 435/ 458// B5/ C45

In this case, Lydgate is addressing Rosamond. He is pointing out that, in order for Rosamond to truly love him, she needs to love him completely. She needs to love him in full, the way he is as a person. In order, for love to be love in regard to this case, people need to love each other regardless of the strengths as well as the weaknesses in the other person..

18. "'Tell him I shall go to him soon: I am ready to promise...' But the silence in her husband's ear was never more to be broken." p. 459/ 482// B5/ C48

In this quote, this is a point at which Lydgate is sitting by Dorothea’s bedside. Dorothea was talking in a delirious manner and was having loud thoughts and was also remembering what had gone on her mind the previous night. She begged to Lydgate that he offers an explanation to her husband. The message to be given to the husband is that he be told that she will go to him.

19. "This time Mr. Raffles' slow wink and slight protrusion of his tongue was worse than a nightmare, because it held the certitude that it was not a nightmare, but a waking misery." p. 503/528// B5/ C53

20. "'I shall never marry again,' said Dorothea." p. 522/ 550// B6/ C55

In this quote Dorothea confesses to Celia of having better plans than marrying again. She notes that by not marrying again she will be in a better position. She has plans to take a great deal of land and form a great empire in which she will have to offer employment to many people. In this, it is portrayed that married, according to her may serve to block her better plans. It portrays that she wants to have some sort of freedom. She sees that there can be no better man she can marry and at the same time to fulfill her dreams.

21. "He saw even more keenly than Rosamond did the dreariness of taking her into the small house in Bride Street...a life of privation and life with Rosamond were two images which had becomes more and more irreconcilable ever since the threat of privation had disclosed itself." p 629/ 662// B7/ C64

22. "'And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.'" p. 701/736// B8/ C72

Celia is holding conversation with Dorothea about James. Celia is suggesting to her sister that she submits to James a bit more. This statement indicates as much as men may pretend to know everything, they can not be able to know what women know better. Therefore, Dorothea need to be contented that she knows much more than what men can know even if they pretend that they know much more than women. Submitting to them does not imply that women are weak min thoughts but it is even the more knowledge they have that they have to submit to ensure harmony.

23. "'Well, Rosy,' he said, standing over her, and touching her hair, 'what do you think of Mrs. Casaubon now you have seen so much of her?' 'I think she must be better than any one,' said Rosamond..." p. 761/ 799-800// B8/ C81

These words are spoken by Lydgate to Rosamond. He is trying to find out about the way Rosamond sees Casaubon. Her view towards Casaubon is that she is beautiful  and by Lydgate talking to her mostly, he will turn out not to be contended With her (Rosamond). Rosamond believes that Casaubon has made Lydgate to be discontented with her. However, Lydgate shows some obedience for the little interest Rosamond has in him.

24. "In an instant Will was close to her and had his arms round her, but she drew her head back and held his away gently that she might go on speaking, her large tear-filled eyes looking at his very simply, while she said in a sobbing childlike way, 'We could live quite well on my own fortune-it is too much-seven hundred a-year-I want so little-no new clothes- and I will learn what everything costs." p 774/ 812// B8/ C83

At this point Dorothea is with Will. She is in tears that speaking about her own life. She points out that she that she does not mind poverty but she has hatred for her wealth; Will holds her in a gentle manner that she may continue speaking. She goes ahead and points out that they will have to live well on her wealth and that she needs very little and wants to find out what everything costs. This indicates that, whether someone has wealth, he or she might not get the happiness the person needs.

25. "But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully as hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs." 

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