Middlemarch is above all about change and the way individuals and groups adapt to, or resist, change.
For surely all must admit that a man may be puffed and belauded, envied, ridiculed, counted upon as a tool and fallen in love with, or at least selected as a future husband, and yet remain virtually unknown – known merely as a cluster of signs for his neighbours’ false suppositions.
Note: True!
just as when a youthful nobleman steals jewellery we call the act kleptomania, speak of it with a philosophical smile, and never think of his being sent to the house of correction as if he were a ragged boy who had stolen turnips.
Note: Pretty much the same penal system today...
It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.
Note: No doubt...