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Middlemarch 

By George Eliot 

New York and Boston H.  M.  Caldwell Company Publishers 

To my dear Husband, George Henry Lewes,
in this nineteenth year of our blessed union.   

PRELUDE 

Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious
mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt,
at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled
with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking
forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother,
to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors? Out they toddled
from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns,
but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic

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