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Old 19th Oct 2008, 10:24   #3
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Default Re: Middlemarch - BBC 1994

As a short adjunct to the end of my review, I must mention the shortness of the concluding overview at the end of the drama - something which has been criticised. It is nothing more or less than what is in the book of course: like the foreshortened swift ending of Mansfield Park, Eliot wraps up the story with a brief "what happened to...?" section. This does make the end of the drama a little truncated but it's only inappropriate if you're expecting a long drawn-out farewell to the town (a la LotR: Return of the King, yes? Surely, no.) It is the most appropriate climax to finish with some of the moving words of George Eliot herself, voiced by Judi Dench:

Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
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