George Eliot

Middlemarch

Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
“Well, but now, Casaubon, such deep studies, classics, mathematics, that kind of thing, are too taxing for a woman – too taxing, you know.”
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
But Dorothea herself was a little shocked and discouraged at her own stupidity, and the answers she got to some timid questions about the value of the Greek accents gave her a painful suspicion that here indeed there might be secrets not capable of explanation to a woman’s reason.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
The rural opinion about the new young ladies, even among the cottagers, was generally in favor of Celia, as being so amiable and innocent-looking, while Miss Brooke’s large eyes seemed, like her religion, too unusual and striking.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Women were expected to have weak opinions; but the great safeguard of society and of domestic life was, that opinions were not acted on.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
a man would naturally think twice before he risked himself in such fellowship.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Such a wife might awaken you some fine morning with a new scheme for the application of her income which would interfere with political economy and the keeping of saddle-horses
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
A young lady of some birth and fortune, who knelt suddenly down on a brick floor by the side of a sick laborer and prayed fervidly as if she thought herself living in the time of the Apostles
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
And how should Dorothea not marry? – a girl so handsome and with such prospects?
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
. She was regarded as an heiress;
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
With all this, she, the elder of the sisters, was not yet twenty, and they had both been educated, since they were about twelve years old and had lost their parents,
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Certainly such elements in the character of a marriageable girl tended to interfere with her lot, and hinder it from being decided according to custom, by good looks, vanity, and merely canine affection.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Miss Brooke’s case, religion alone would have determined it;
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Then there was well-bred economy, which in those days made show in dress the first item to be deducted from, when any margin was required for expenses more distinctive of rank.
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
The pride of being ladies had something to do with it:
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Nevertheless, Celia wore scarcely more trimmings;
Mette Sten Frederiksenhas quoted10 months ago
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
Alexandrahas quoted4 years ago
know what a masquerade all development is, and what effective shapes may be disguised in helpless embryos. – In fact, the world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities.
Alexandrahas quoted4 years ago
But there is a lightness about the feminine mind – a touch and go – music, the fine arts, that kind of thing – they should study those up to a certain point, women should; but in a light way, you know. A woman should be able to sit down and play you or sing you a good old English tune. That is what I like;
Alexandrahas quoted4 years ago
“I should wish to have a husband who was above me in judgment and in all knowledge.”
Alexandrahas quoted4 years ago
Mr. Brooke wondered, and felt that women were an inexhaustible subject of study, since even he at his age was not in a perfect state of scientific prediction about them. Here was a fellow like Chettam with no chance at all.
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