This week, I are mostly reading Adam Bede (again, for Dolly’s sake). Wodehouse’s Code of the Woosters is on my pillow because I love Wodehouse and I could read him over and over again without getting bored.

I’ve been making mental notes on Adam Bede – particularly on the Pre-Raph/Ruskinian influences on Eliot’s descriptions of Hayslope and the surrounding countryside – and how this ties in with the Victorian move from seeing a world governed by the divine to a world governed by human action and interaction. I suppose this means I’ll have to bloody well read Ruskin again before I can write some proper thoughts on the subject. I’ll dig out what Malik says on the subject as well.


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