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Middlemarch, ch. 42
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Middlemarch,morethananyothernovelofGeorgeEliot, isoneofsubduedeffects,onewhichattempts,inaWordsworthianmanner,toseesignificancesinmaterialwhich mightbeordinarilyoverlooked.Weseeonemanifestationofthisconcerninthenovel'semphasisonordinary domesticlife,whosecrisesandtriumphsneverreachthe historybooks.Hereisatypicalepisode.Casaubonhas beengivenanuncertainprognosisforaheartcondition whichhasrecentlytroubledhim,andDorothea'sgesture ofsympathy-asimpleandmovinglinkingofherarm withhis-hasbeenunresponsivelyandcoldlyreceived. Hereweseehervigiloverherrage.