Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Eliot quotes

We sit up at night to read about Sakya-Mouni, Saint Francis, or Oliver Cromwell; but whether we should be glad for any one at all like them to call on us the next morning, still more, to reveal himself as a new relation, is quite another affair.


There is no escaping the fact that want of sympathy condemns us to a corresponding stupidity. Mephistopheles thrown upon real life, and obliged to manage his own plots, would inevitably make blunders.

--George Eliot

I think I'll have Daniel Deronda finished in another week. I've made it to Chapter LIV.


  1. Good for you.

    I'm on Chapter 22. I am really enjoying it, but I keep getting distracted by other books.

    I could have it finished in the next couple of weeks, but I somehow have a couple of new books on the UPS truck today (not sure how that happened).

  2. I am determined to finish David Copperfield, so I may not get back to Daniel D until after the holidays (I also have a partially read Wilkie Collins that I want to finish before the end of the year, too).

  3. I'm only on Chapter 27 but I'm getting used to her diction so it's going faster now (except for the occasional awkward, rambling paragraph-sentence).


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