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" Holt as a basic statement of what this book is about: . . . there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life, from the time when the primeval milkmaid had to wander with the wanderings of her clan, because the cow she milked... "
Felix Holt, the Radical - Page 59
by George Eliot - 1866 - 529 pages
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George Eliot and the Politics of National Inheritance

Bernard Semmel - History - 1994 - 176 pages
...ambiguous view of the relationship of lawyers to gentlemen. Following Scott, Eliot reminds her readers that "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life" (Chap. 3). The Transomes are a gentry family of dwindling means. The simpleminded father has for some...
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Fictions of State: Culture and Credit in Britain, 1694-1994

Patrick Brantlinger, Professor of English and Cultural Studies Patrick Brantlinger - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 291 pages
...deal with the individual's connection to the state if only because, as Eliot declares in Fex Holt, "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life" (45). In both Eliot and Gissing, and throughout much late-Victorian social realism, something like...
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1997 - 625 pages
...Gaol," pt. 5, st. 1 (1898). Repr. in Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. JB Foreman (1966). Privacy 1 There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life. GEORGE ELIOT [MARY ANN (OR MARIAN) EVANS], (1819-1880) British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, The Radical,...
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The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the ...

Catherine Gallagher - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 209 pages
...integrated part of the narrative commentary, as in this typically consequentialist passage from Felix Holt "[T]here is no private life which has not been determined...milked was one of a herd which had made the pastures bare."26 The expansion of the idea of "life" in this passage as it moves from the "private life," denoting...
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Friends, Citizens, Strangers: Essays on where We Belong

Richard Vernon - Political Science - 2005 - 325 pages
...of broader public themes, even universal ones. 'There is no private life,' she writes in Felix Holt, 'which has not been determined by a wider public life,...milkmaid had to wander with the wanderings of her herd, because the cow she milked was one of a herd which had made the pastures bare.'8 Here, then,...
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Disorienting Fiction: The Autoethnographic Work of Nineteenth-Century ...

James Buzard - Literary Criticism - 2009 - 336 pages
..."to know the higher pains of a dim political consciousness." 16 A slogan for this novel holds that "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life," and the work's answer to divisive party politics is that the wider public life of the nation can be...
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The Crisis of Action in Nineteenth-century English Literature

Stefanie Markovits - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 258 pages
...political and social conditions which made an epoch in the history of Italy" (R 195); and in Felix Holt, "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life" (FH 43). But it is notable that Eliot almost always puts the equation thus, in terms of the effects...
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Lost Causes: Historical Consciousness in Victorian Literature

Jason B. Jones - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 134 pages
...narrative comment that is repeated there and in Middlemarch. In Felix Holt, the narrator famously claims: "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life" (I:3:50). Likewise, in the "Finale" of Middlemarch, the narrator remarks: "For there is no creature...
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A Half-century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of Europe, 1848-1884

Frederic Ewen, Jeffrey Wollock - History - 2007 - 571 pages
...basis of the three "microcosms" in which the principal characters of the three novels find themselves. "There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life," George Eliot wrote.74 And it is the interrelationships of the private and the public lives — the...
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The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot

Nancy Henry - Literary Criticism - 2008
...English literature is still in progress. Chapter 2 Historical contexts In Felix Holt, George Eliot wrote, "there is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life" (FH, 1:3). All of her works situate her characters' lives in relation to the broader social conditions...
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