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Adam Bede Summary
George Eliot

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Plot Summary

A love triangle roils the peaceful pastoral life of a rural English village. With this novel, the earliest vestiges of what may be considered feminist consciousness make an appearance in English literature. The reader experiences the heavy existential burden of the British countryside of the same era depicted in Thomas Hardy's dark novels, but with a lighter authorial touch. The timeless theme of love and its casualties emerges through the eyes and words of an outstanding woman novelist who is the contemporary of the French woman novelist George Sand. The former, George Eliot is a nom de plume for Mary Anne Evans, while George Sand is the nom de plume of Aurora Dupin.

Although the story necessarily involves two young men vying for the affections of one Hester ("Hetty") Sorrel, it is the woman's experiences, viewpoint and sensibilities that form the foundation of the narrative and provide color...

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