Adam Bede

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EPILOGUE

IT is near the end of June, in 1807. The workshops have been shut up half an hour or more in Adam Bede's timber-yard, which used to be Jonathan Burge's, and the mellow evening light is falling on the pleasant house with the buff walls and the soft grey thatch, very much as it did when we saw Adam bringing in the keys on that June evening nine years ago.

There is a figure we know well, just come out of the house, and shading her eyes with her hands as she looks for something in the distance; for the rays that fall on her white borderless cap and her pale auburn hair are very dazzling. But now she turns away from the sunlight and looks towards the door. We can see the sweet pale face quite well now: it is scarcely at all altered-- only a little fuller, to correspond to her more matronly figure, which still seems light and active enough in the plain black dress.

'I see him, Seth,' Dinah said, as she looked into the house. 'Let us go and meet him. Come, Lisbeth, come with mother.'

The last call was answered immediately by a small fair creature with pale auburn hair and grey eyes, little more than four years old, who ran out silently and put her hand into her mother's.

'Come, uncle Seth,' said Dinah.

'Ay, ay, we're coming,' Seth answered from within, and presently appeared stooping under the doorway, being taller than usual by the black head of a sturdy two-year-old nephew, who had caused some delay by demanding to be carried on uncle's shoulder.

'Better take him on thy arm, Seth,' said Dinah, looking fondly at the stout black-eyed fellow. 'He's troublesome to thee so.'

'Nay, nay: Addy likes a ride on my shoulder. I can carry him so for a bit.' A kindness which young Addy acknowledged by drumming his heels with promising force against uncle Seth's chest. But to walk by Dinah's side, and be tyrannised over by Dinah and Adam's children, was uncle Seth's earthly happiness.

'Where didst see him?' asked Seth, as they walked on into the adjoining field. 'I can't catch sight of him anywhere.'

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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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