Friday, March 09, 2007

Fait Accompli!

I know! I can hardly believe it myself! I am quite proud, in a humble sort of way, to say that I made my way through the very good, but very difficult to read/understand/fully digest novel, Middlemarch, by George Eliot. Whew! Coming in at over 800 pages and filled with lots and lots of references to obscure British politicians and reformations, this book was something of a struggle to stay loyal to until around page 300 or so. At that point, I became really invested in the characters and truly cared what became of some of the better behaved ones. The cads and busybodies were also engaging, but I really liked the main character, Dorothea, the best. George Eliot leaves us with this bit of truth which should make every one of us value ourselves a little more, despite our unacknowledged love and unheralded contributions:

Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were
not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the
strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the
effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the
growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that
things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to
the number who lived faithfully a hidden life
, and rest in unvisited
tombs.

1 comment:

Dave said...

I love this verse!