by George Eliot
Middlemarch Book 8: Finale Summary
- The narrator tells us that we've reached the end of the story, but will go over all the major characters to tell us what happened to everyone:
- Mary and Fred live happily ever after and have lots of children, of course, and Fred even writes a book about farming, which everyone suspects his wife to have written.
- And then Mary writes a collection of stories for children taken from Plutarch, and everyone suspects Fred of having written that.
- Lydgate dies when he is only fifty, and always considers himself a failure.
- Rosamond gets remarried after her husband's death to an older physician who is nice to her four kids.
- Rosamond never forgets Dorothea's generosity to her.
- Dorothea never regrets giving up her wealth and position to marry Will.
- He becomes a Member of Parliament, and does great work in the political world.
- Sir James finally breaks down and agrees to visit Dorothea when Celia receives a letter announcing the birth of their first son.
- Mr. Brooke lives to a ripe old age, and Dorothea's son inherits his estate at Tipton.
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