Adam Bede

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BOOK SIXTH

CHAPTER XLIX
AT THE HALL FARM

THE first autumnal afternoon sunshine of 1801--more than eighteen months after that parting of Adam and Arthur in the Hermitage--was on the yard at the Hall Farm, and the bulldog was in one of his most excited moments; for it was that hour of the day when the cows were being driven into the yard for their afternoon milking. No wonder the patient beasts ran confusedly into the wrong places, for the alarming din of the bulldog was mingled with more distant sounds which the timid feminine creatures, with pardonable superstition, imagined also to have some relation to their own movements--with the tremendous crack of the waggoner's whip, the roar of his voice, and the booming thunder of the waggon, as it left the rick-yard empty of its golden load.

The milking of the cows was a sight Mrs Poyser loved, and at this hour on mild days she was usually standing at the house door, with her knitting in her hands, in quiet contemplation, only heightened to a keener interest when the vicious yellow cow, who had once kicked over a pailful of precious milk, was about to undergo the preventive punishment of having her hinderlegs strapped.

To-day, however, Mrs Poyser gave but a divided attention to the arrival of the cows, for she was in eager discussion with Dinah, who was stitching Mr Poyser's shirt-collars and had borne patiently to have her thread broken three times by Totty pulling at her arm with a sudden insistance that she should look at 'Baby,' that is, at a large wooden doll with no legs and a long skirt, whose bald head Totty, seated in her small chair at Dinah's side, was caressing and pressing to her fat cheek with much fervour. Totty is larger by more than two years' growth than when you first saw her, and she has on a black frock under her

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Table of contents

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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