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by George Eliot
Rosamond Vincy Timeline and Summary
Rosamond comes home from Mrs. Lemon's finishing school, determined to marry someone handsome and distinguished – preferably not one of the boys she's known since childhood. She decides Mr. Lydgate's the one for her, and sets about making him fall in love with her. She succeeds, and they get married. Their spending far exceeds Lydgate's income, and they fall into debt. She blames him entirely. When he wants her to do unpleasant things, like move to a smaller house, she smiles serenely and then goes behind his back to change his orders. She doesn't like her husband's behavior very much these days, and prefers hanging out with Will Ladislaw. She convinces herself that she's in love with Will, and tells him so. He brushes off her advances, because he's in love with Dorothea. Dorothea walks in and sees Rosamond with Will. Will scolds Rosamond enough to make her cry. She feels guilty for the first time ever and decides to try to make things right. She tells Dorothea the truth. She lives with her husband unhappily until he dies. After the end of the novel, she remarries to a wealthy old doctor.