Adam Bede

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CHAPTER XXXVIII
THE QUEST

THE first ten days after Hetty's departure passed as quietly as any other days with the family at the Hall Farm, and with Adam at his daily work. They had expected Hetty to stay away a week or ten days at least, perhaps a little longer if Dinah came back with her, because there might then be something to detain them at Snowfield. But when a fortnight had passed they began to feel a little surprise that Hetty did not return; she must surely have found it pleasanter to be with Dinah than any one could have supposed. Adam, for his part, was getting very impatient to see her, and he resolved that, if she did not appear the next day (Saturday), he would set out on Sunday morning to fetch her. There was no coach on a Sunday; but by setting out before it was light, and perhaps getting a lift in a cart by the way, he would arrive pretty early at Snowfield, and bring back Hetty the next day--Dinah too, if she were coming. It was quite time Hetty came home, and he would afford to lose his Monday for the sake of bringing her.

His project was quite approved at the Farm when he went there on Saturday evening. Mrs Poyser desired him emphatically not to come back without Hetty, for she had been quite too long away, considering the things she had to get ready by the middle of March, and a week was surely enough for any one to go out for their health. As for Dinah, Mrs Poyser had small hope of their bringing her, unless they could make her believe the folks at Hayslope were twice as miserable as the folks at Snowfield. 'Though,' said Mrs Poyser, by way of conclusion, 'you might tell her she's got but one aunt left, and she's wasted pretty nigh to a shadder; and we shall p'rhaps all be gone twenty mile further off her next Michaelmas, and shall die o' broken hearts among strange folks, and leave the children fatherless and motherless.'

'Nay, nay,' said Mr Poyser, who certainly had the air of a man perfectly heart-whole, 'it isna so bad as that. Thee't looking

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Table of contents

  • Adam Bede i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xli
  • Select Bibliography xliii
  • A Chronology of George Eliot xlv
  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • Book First 5
  • Chapter I- The Workshop 5
  • Chapter II- The Preaching 14
  • 33- Chapter III after the Preaching 33
  • Chapter IV- Home and Its Sorrows 39
  • Chapter V- The Rector 54
  • Chapter VI- The Hall Farm 71
  • Chapter IX- Hetty''s World 96
  • Chapter X- Dinah Visits Lisbeth 103
  • Chapter XII- In the Wood 124
  • Chapter XIII- Evening in the Wood 135
  • Chapter XIV- The Return Home 140
  • Chapter XV- The Two Bed-Chambers 149
  • Chapter XVI- Links 162
  • Book Second 175
  • Chapter XVII- In Which the Story Pauses a Little 175
  • Chapter XVIII- Church 185
  • Chapter XIX- Adam on a Working Day 207
  • Chapter XX- Adam Visits the Hall Farm 214
  • Book Third 247
  • Chapter XXII- Going to the Birthday Feast 247
  • Chapter XXIII- Dinner-Time 258
  • Chapter XXIV- The Health-Drinking 263
  • Chapter XXV- The Games 271
  • Book Fourth 291
  • Chapter XXVII 291
  • Chapter XXVIII- A Dilemma 302
  • Chapter XXIX- The Next Morning 310
  • Chapter XXX- The Delivery of the Letter 318
  • Chapter XXXII- Mrs Poyser ''Has Her Say Out'' 341
  • Chapter XXXIII- More Links 350
  • Chapter XXXIV- The Betrothal 357
  • Chapter XXXV- The Hidden Dread 362
  • Book Fifth 369
  • Chapter XXXVI- The Journey in Hope 369
  • Chapter XXXVII- The Journey in Despair 378
  • Chapter XXXVIII- The Quest 390
  • Chapter XXXIX- The Tidings 404
  • Chapter XLII- The Morning of the Trial 425
  • Chapter XLIII- The Verdict 430
  • Chapter XLIV- Arthur''s Return 437
  • Chapter XLV- In the Prison 445
  • Chapter XLVI- The Hours of Suspense 456
  • Book Sixth 473
  • Chapter XLIX- At the Hall Farm 473
  • Chapter L- In the Cottage 483
  • Chapter LI Sunday Morning 494
  • Chapter LII Adam and Dinah 506
  • Chapter LIII the Harvest Supper 515
  • Chapter Liv the Meeting on the Hill 528
  • Chapter LV Marriage Bells 533
  • Epilogue 537
  • Appendix 1- George Eliot''s History of Adam Bede 541
  • Appendix 2- The Crime, Trial, and Execution of Mary Voce- Three Contemporary Broadsheets 544
  • Explanatory Notes 554
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