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Young Middlemarch Couples Find their Destinies as Reformers and Lovers
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
This is a dramatization of a masterpiece of 19th Century English literature, George Eliot's (Mary Ann Evans) "Middlemarch," published in 1871. Despite the hardships and challenges faced by Eliot's young heroine Dorothea Brooks and the three young male protagonists (Dr. Lydgate, Will Ladislaw and Frank Vincy), they each persevere through the mean-spiritedness and narrow-minded ignorance of the rural Middlemarchers to find (eventually) their individual destinies as reformers and lovers. Indeed, all except Frank Vincy (in love with the reliable Mary Garth, an icon of rural English sensibility), end up moving to London to pursue their reformer's instincts. This seven-hour BBC production of Middlemarch (Juliet Aubrey as Dorothea, Douglas Hodge as Dr. Lydgate, Rufus Sewell as Will Ladislaw, and Jonathan Firth as Frank Vincy) is completely faithful to Eliot's story and her dialogue, showing the timelessness of great writing and the perennial attraction of stories about true romance from an earlier age.