Middlemarch Book Six: The Widow and His Wife Summary and Analysis

George Eliot

Book Six: The Widow and His Wife Summary and Analysis

Chapters 54-58
New Character:

Captain Lydgate: the third son of Lydgate's baronet uncle, Sir Lydgate

Summary
Celia is enthralled with her baby, Arthur, but Dorothea finds she needs to do more than watch his every movement. After three months at Freshitt Hall, she returns permanently to Lowick Manor. Dorothea refuses to accept a companion there. She makes her private peace with her deceased husband and catches glimpses of Ladislaw whenever she can. Ladislaw surprises her by arriving to announce he will be leaving Middlemarch; he is chagrined that she is not disappointed. Misunderstanding his distress, she offers him the miniature of his grandmother. He is perplexed and declares...

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