chapter  10
The Mill on the Floss, Bk. IV, ch. 3
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Heretheself-deceptiontakesaformnotuncommonin GeorgeEliot:thatofrationalization.Thestructureofthe passageisthereforethatofdebate,inwhichwemove backandforthfromargumenttocounter-argument.But thedebateisbogus,forAdam'sunconscioushaspredeterminedtheoutcomeinfavourofhiscomfortingillusions. Indeed,thatsuchargumentneedstotakeplaceatall shouldgivehimpause,thoughhedarenot,inhisfool's paradise,seethatimplication,justashedoesnotseethe obviousimplicationoftheobviousevidence.Thefirstsentenceofthesecondlastparagraphisoneofthefewwhich areintheauthor'sdirectspeechratherthanAdam's indirectspeech:onemightaskifitisnecessaryorsuperfluous.