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Title: Romola  
Author: Eliot, George
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Proem. More than three centuries and a half ago, in the mid spring?time of 1492, we are sure that the angel of the dawn, as he travelled with broad slow wing from the Levant to the Pillars of Hercules, and from the summits of the Caucasus across all the snowy Alpine ridges to the dark nakedness of the Western isles, saw nearly the same outline of firm land and unstable sea saw the same great mountain shadows on the same valleys as he has seen to?day saw olive mounts, and pine forests, and the broad plains green with young corn or rain?freshened grass saw the domes and spires of cities rising by the river?sides or mingled with the sedge?like masts on the many?curved sea?coast, in the same spots where they rise to?day. And as the faint light of his course pierced into the dwellings of men, it fell, as now, on the rosy warmth of nestling children; on the haggard waking of sorrow and sickness; on the hasty uprising of the hard?handed labourer; and on the late sleep of the night?student, who had been questioning the stars or the sages, or his own soul, for that hidden knowledge which would break through the barrier of man?s brief life, and show its dark path, that seemed to bend no whither, to be an arc in an immeasurable circle of light and glory. The great river?courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed; and those other streams, the life?currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the same great loves and terrors. As our thought follows close in the slow wake of the dawn, we are impressed with the broad sameness of the human lot, which never alters in the main headings of its history hunger and labour, seed?time and harvest, love and death.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Romola, 1 -- George Eliot, 1 -- Proem, 2 -- Chapter 1 The Shipwrecked Stranger, 6 -- Chapter 2 A Breakfast for Love, 13 -- Chapter 3 The Barber's Shop, 16 -- Chapter 4 First Impresions, 22 -- Chapter 5 The Blind Scholar and his Daughter, 24 -- Chapter 6 Dawning Hopes, 31 -- Chapter 7 A Learned Squabble, 41 -- Chapter 8 A Face in the Crowd, 44 -- Chapter 9 A Man's Ransom, 51 -- Chapter 10 Under the Plane?Tree, 55 -- Chapter 11 Tito's Dilemma, 62 -- Chapter 12 The Prize is Nearly Grasped, 64 -- Chapter 13 The Shadow of Nemesis, 70 -- Chapter 14 The Peasants' Fair, 75 -- Chapter 15 The Dying Message, 83 -- Chapter 16 A Florentine Joke, 88 -- Chapter 17 Under the Loggia, 96 -- Chapter 18 The Portrait, 99 -- Chapter 19 The Old Man's Hope, 103 -- Chapter 20 The Day of the Betrothal, 105 -- Chapter 21 Florence Expects a Guest, 111 -- Chapter 22 The Prisoners, 115 -- Chapter 23 After?Thoughts, 119 -- Chapter 24 Inside the Duomo, 121 -- Chapter 25 Outside the Duomo, 124 -- Chapter 26 The Garment of Fear, 126 -- Chapter 27 The Young Wife, 130 -- Chapter 28 The Painted Record, 136 -- Chapter 29 A Moment of Triumph, 139 -- Chapter 30 The Avenger's Secret, 143 -- Chapter 31 Fruit is Seed, 148 -- Chapter 32 A Revelation, 151 -- Chapter 33 Baldassarre Makes an Acquaintance, 157 -- Chapter 34 No Place for Repentance, 162 -- Chapter 35 What Florence was Thinking of, 169 -- Chapter 36 Ariadne Discrowns Herself, 171 -- Chapter 37 The Tabernacle Unlocked, 176 -- Chapter 38 The Black Marks become Magical, 179 -- Chapter 39 A Supper in the Rucellai Gardens, 182 -- Chapter 40 An Arresting Voice, 192 -- Chapter 41 Coming Back, 197 -- Chapter 42 Romola in her Place, 198 -- Chapter 43 The Unseen Madonna, 203 -- Chapter 44 The Visible Madonna, 206 -- Chapter 45 At the Barber's Shop, 209


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