“The only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves.”

WHAT IS IT ABOUT MIDDLEMARCH? George Eliot’s take on fatuous female authors (and more) in this article about Eliot’s goodness. “The author then describes the many literary offenses these fatuous females commit. They are incompetent at verisimilitude: ‘Their intellect seems to have the peculiar impartiality of reproducing both what they have seen and heard, and…