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Rosamond Revisited In Middlemarch George Eliot presents a complex web of characters and bonds that cannot be classified into distinct categories Dorothea and Casaubon Lydgate and Bulstrode and Fred and the Garths represent a wide spectrum of human relations Rosamond Vincy and Tertius Lydgate encompass one such relationship The relationship seems transparent on the surface but closer inspection reveals a more complex core Eliot creates a new depth to Rosamond using the layers of her relationship with Lydgate which differs from the spoiled rich girl stereotype that constitutes the readers first impressions Eliots portrayal of the troubled couples interactions forces readers to reevaluate their initial perception of Rosamond Instead of placing complete blame on Rosamond for her problematic marriage Eliot reveals that Lydgate must assume partial responsibility as well When he presents his financial dilemma to Rosamond Lydgate comes to realize the scope of their actual relationship He tries to reaffirm their marriage by saying But we married because we loved each other I suppose 474 His use of loved in the past tense indicates how his feelings toward Rosamond have changed The detached phrase I suppose further emphasizes the shift that their marriage has taken Lydgate becomes unsure about his love for Rosamond In a way Lydgate is at fault for not realizing sooner that his feelings during courtship amounted not to love but to little more than his lust and weakness for women Had Lydgate seen this reality earlier his hapless marriage to Rosamond might have been prevented Although Rosamond already mastered Lydgate from the time of their courtship he continues to have always present in his imagination the weakness of womens frames and the delicate poise of their health both in body and mind 474 The exaggerated diction gives the narrators tone a sarcastic edge criticizing Lydgates mindset Time after time Rosamond wields her manipulative powers over Lydgate yet he still imagines the ridiculous notion of her weak and delicate mind By
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