lotesse: (curioser)
something that I think is important about Middlemarch - Dorothea is appallingly wrongheaded in her goals/means, most evidently in her reasons for marrying Casaubon - but the people in her community who criticize her are additionally and equally wrongheaded, without having even the excuse of youth or passion to cover them. Mrs. Cadwallader is absolutely right that Dorothea ought not to marry Casaubon, but at the same time she displays an almost total ignorance of Dorothea's real character, ethos, and desires for her own life.

Even if they tell you so and it turns out bad, it doesn't mean they were right.

Date: 3 Jan 2017 02:42 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] executrix
executrix: (Default)
I really, really hate Will Ladislaw, though, and Casaubon was so sympathetic in the TV version that I can't consider her second marriage a huge improvement on her first. In my headcanon, after Casaubon dies she and Lydgate have a discreet affair which is just fine with Rosamond/Will and vice versa.

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