chapter  12
Middlemarch, ch. 1
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AndhowshouldDorotheanotmarry?-agirlsohandsomeandwithsuchprospects?Nothingcouldhinderit butherloveofextremes,andherinsistenceonregulating lifeaccordingtonotionswhichmightcauseawaryman tohesitatebeforehemadeheranoffer,orevenmight leadheratlasttorefusealloffers.Ayoungladyofsome birthandfortune,whokneltsuddenlydownonabrick floorbythesideofasicklabourerandprayedfervidly asifshethoughtherselflivinginthetimeoftheApostles -whohadstrangewhimsoffastinglikeaPapist,and ofsittingupatnighttoreadoldtheologicalbooks!Such awifemightawakenyousomefinemorningwithanew schemefortheapplicationofherincomewhichwould interferewithpoliticaleconomyandthekeepingofsaddlehorses:amanwouldnaturallythinktwicebeforehe riskedhimselfinsuchfellowship.Womenwereexpected tohaveweakopinions;butthegreatsafeguardofsociety andofdomesticlifewas,thatopinionswerenotactedon. Sanepeopledidwhattheirneighboursdid,sothatifany lunaticswereatlarge,onemightknowandavoidthem.