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Date: 1840

"The early days of an acquaintance almost always have this importance for us, and fill up a larger space in our memory than longer subsequent periods which have been less filled with discovery and new impressions."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"But Maggie who had little more power of concealing the impressions made upon her than if she had been constructed of musical strings, felt her eyes getting larger with tears as they took each other's hands in silence."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"He was beginning to play very falsely under this deafening inward tumult, and Lucy was looking at him in astonishment, when Mrs Tulliver's entrance to summon them to lunch, came as an excuse for abruptly breaking off the music."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"But there were things in her stronger than vanity - passion, and affection, and long deep memories of early discipline and effort, of early claims on her love and pity; and the stream of vanity was soon swept along and mingled imperceptibly with that wider current which was at its highest force ...

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"I see - I feel their trouble now: it is as if it were branded on my mind. - I have suffered and had no one to pity me - and now I have made others suffer."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"Since yesterday, that inward vision of her which perpetually made part of his consciousness, had been half-screened by the image of Philip Wakem which came across it like a blot."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"The thoughts and temptations of the last month should all be flung away into an unvisited chamber of memory: there was nothing to allure her now; duty would be easy, and all the old calm purposes would reign peacefully once more."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"To have no cloud between herself and Tom was still a perpetual yearning in her, that had its root deeper than all change."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1840

"Let a prejudice be bequeathed, carried in the air, adopted by hearsay, caught in through the eye - however it may come, these minds will give it a habitation: it is something to assert strongly and bravely, something to fill up the void of spontaneous ideas, something to impose on others with th...

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.