Brief stays in country shires
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George Eliot’s scattered two-and three-day excursions away from London, designed to gather material or to work on specific projects, not only contributed directly to settings in the fiction, but, along with much longer summer leases, also contributed to the tranquility that facilitated its composition. Without the railways, the Leweses could not have managed several of their richly useful shorter stays in the country. As well as providing swift transportation, the arrival of the railways improved the chances for cheap lodgings, because, like the seaside hotels left over from the Napoleonic wars, now-superfluous coaching inns provided plenty of available rooms in more remote locations.