by George Eliot
Mr. Casaubon Timeline and Summary
- Mr. Casaubon spends his youth and middle age working on the research for a book called "The Key to All Mythologies."
- Because his aunt was cut out of the family will after her marriage to a poor Polish artist, Casaubon feels guilty and helps to support her grandson, Will Ladislaw.
- He decides he should get married at some point, and meets Dorothea.
- Dorothea is smart enough to double as a secretary! Awesome!
- Mr. Casaubon marries Dorothea and takes her to Rome for their honeymoon.
- The trip to Rome can double as a research trip!
- While in Rome, they run into his cousin, Will Ladislaw.
- Casaubon watches jealously as his young wife strikes up a friendship with his cousin.
- Back in England, Casaubon drums up an excuse to keep Will from visiting them at Lowick.
- Mr. Casaubon has a minor heart attack and fears that another will come along and keep him from finishing the "Key to All Mythologies."
- Casaubon continues to feel jealous of Dorothea and Will, and is suspicious that Will wants to make Dorothea dislike him.
- He adds a codicil to his will that says that if Dorothea remarries to Will Ladislaw, she will forfeit all her inheritance.
- Mr. Casaubon wants to make Dorothea promise to live out her widowhood in a way that he would approve, but Dorothea hesitates.
- The next day he dies.