A young man in love learns a lesson in the limitations of egotism. ‘She’ is Maggie Tulliver, a beautiful human being both deeply loved yet in many ways greatly undervalued. She is one of the most honest and open of the richly developed characters in George Eliot’s marvelous classic.
‘She doesn’t look at me when I talk of myself,’ he thought, while his listeners were laughing. ‘I must try other subjects.’
Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 403
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