In what sense, if any, may Middlemarch be called the tragedy of provincial life?
In Middlemarch, the novel by George Eliot, Rosamund would love to increase her social standing and financial situation to a status where she could feel on a par with her betters. She sees Lydgate,perhaps, as a ticket from the perceived low-class situation of her family to a more glamourous one. The tragedy is that Lydgate mistakes her interest for genuine love and sees her femininity as a sign of her trust in him as a man to make all the decisions regarding their welfare. Tragically, many other couples in society are destroying their marriages and families too, through materialsitc ambition and reckless risk-taking. Unreal situations in provincial society eventually break down and there is fall-out - which is what we're all seeing at the moment.