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A love triangle that ends in scandal is at the heart of Adam Bede, the first novel by renowned Victorian novelist George Eliot (the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans). Adam Bede is a local carpenter in love with the beautiful peasant girl Hetty Sorel, who in turn is enamored of the dashing, irresponsible Captain Donnithorne. Hetty rebuffs Adam’s advances and instead begins a relationship with Donnithorne, and the consequences of her passionate affair are disastrous: Hetty becomes pregnant, the Captain abandons her, and, alone and desperate, she leaves her newborn child in a field to die. The sleepy village is rocked by the news and puts Hetty on trial for murder. As Hetty, Adam, and the Captain come to terms with what has happened between them, all learn harsh lessons about love, duty, and responsibility.
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With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. This is what I undertake to do for you, reader. With this drop of ink at the end of my pen, I will show you the roomy workshop of Mr. Jonathan Burge, carpenter ...Back to top
Reviewed by Babsay on Oct 10, 2012
George Elliot's Adam Bede is entrancing.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It was well written and insightful
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