Adam Bede: Second Time Around

Again and again his vision was interrupted by wonder at the strength of his own feeling, at the strength and sweetness of this new love—almost like the wonder a man feels at the added power he finds in himself for an art which he had laid aside for a space. How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections? The boy’s flute-like voice has its own spring charm; but the man should yield a richer, deeper music.

Adam Bede, George Eliot

Adam Bede has to be right up there with Fitzwilliam Darcy on the list of most eligible literary bachelors. Sigh…

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One comment on “Adam Bede: Second Time Around

  1. Stefanie says:

    I think I'm going to have to get around to reading this book!

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