Ah, Middlemarch! Dorothea and Sir James Chattam, pp. 65 – 66

Self’s reading list is in complete disarray as the end of 2015 approaches.

It’s taken her an average of three months to get through one book.

She doesn’t have the slightest idea how to get through the behemoth of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. But every time she resumes reading, all she can think about is:

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

STUPID STUPID DOROTHEA! Believing she can have a happy marriage with someone three decades older than her, just because he quotes extensively from books! While there’s a perfectly attractive young baronet named Sir James Chattam who has fallen in love with her and proposed!

If self could, she would sprinkle emojis all over this post, such is her chagrin over early developments in this novel!

But even after Dorothea has turned down his proposal, Sir James is such a good sport that he maintains his friendship with Dorothea, and the most unlikely thing happens: a real friendship. Here’s how author George Eliot describes it:

Hence it happened that in the good baronet’s succeeding visits, while he was beginning to pay small attentions to Celia (Dorothea’s younger and much less bookish sister), he found himself talking with more and more pleasure to Dorothea. She was perfectly unconstrained and without irritation towards him now, and he was gradually discovering the delight there is in frank kindness and companionship between a man and a woman who have no passion to hide or confess.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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