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Daemon
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Character is not cut in marble—it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
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Change changes everything; Character is no exception; to the better, or to the worse, but it changes.
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George Eliot
George Eliot
George Eliot at 30 by François D'Albert Durade.jpg
Aged 30 by the Swiss artist Alexandre Louis François d'Albert Durade (1804–86)
Born Mary Anne Evans
22 November 1819
South Farm, Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died 22 December 1880 (aged 61)
4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, England
Resting place Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London
Pen name George Eliot
Occupation Novelist
Period Victorian
Notable work(s) The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), Daniel Deronda (1876)
Spouse(s) John Cross (1880; her death)
Partner(s) George Henry Lewes (1854–78) (his death)
Relative(s) Robert Evans and Christiana Pearson (parents); Christiana, Isaac, Robert, and Fanny (siblings)
Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.
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KSPavan wrote:
George Eliot
George Eliot
George Eliot at 30 by François D'Albert Durade.jpg
Aged 30 by the Swiss artist Alexandre Louis François d'Albert Durade (1804–86)
Born Mary Anne Evans
22 November 1819
South Farm, Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died 22 December 1880 (aged 61)
4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, England
Resting place Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London
Pen name George Eliot
Occupation Novelist
Period Victorian
Notable work(s) The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), Daniel Deronda (1876)
Spouse(s) John Cross (1880; her death)
Partner(s) George Henry Lewes (1854–78) (his death)
Relative(s) Robert Evans and Christiana Pearson (parents); Christiana, Isaac, Robert, and Fanny (siblings)
Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.



will you please check your PM?
Gary98
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Contrary to our bodies they may grow and grow more.
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Marble is a great material for character building...
ChristopherJohnson
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She must mean a person's character. I initially thought a character of a story or novel was meant in the quotation.
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Sorry to say most people have no idea what character is!Liar Liar Liar
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Marble is solid, but it is not unalterable. It weathers away, also.
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character is style - and style is stylus, and stylus engraves marble.
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Context from: "Middlemarch"

Chapter 72


"I think his friends must wait till they find an opportunity," added Mr. Farebrother. "It is possible - I have often felt so much weakness in myself that I can conceive even a man of honorable disposition, such as I have always believed Lydgate to be, succumbing to such a temptation as that of accepting money which was offered more or less indirectly as a bribe to insure his silence about scandalous facts long gone by. I say, I can conceive this, if he were under the pressure of hard circumstances - if he had been harassed as I feel sure Lydgate has been. I would not believe anything worse of him except under stringent proof. But there is the terrible Nemesis following on some errors, that it is always possible for those who like it to interpret them into a crime: there is no proof in favor of the man outside his own consciousness and assertion."
"Oh, how cruel!" said Dorothea, clasping her hands. "And would you not like to be the one person who believed in that man's innocence, if the rest of the world belied him? Besides, there is a man's character beforehand to speak for him."
"But, my dear Mrs. Casaubon," said Mr. Farebrother, smiling gently at her ardor, "character is not cut in marble - it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do."
"Then it may be rescued and healed," said Dorothea "I should not be afraid of asking Mr. Lydgate to tell me the truth, that I might help him. Why should I be afraid? Now that I am not to have the land, James, I might do as Mr. Bulstrode proposed, and take his place in providing for the Hospital; and I have to consult Mr. Lydgate, to know thoroughly what are the prospects of doing good by keeping up the present plans. There is the best opportunity in the world for me to ask for his confidence; and he would be able to tell me things which might make all the circumstances clear. Then we would all stand by him and bring him out of his trouble. People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors." Dorothea's eyes had a moist brightness in them, and the changed tones of her voice roused her uncle, who began to listen.

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Shortknight
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Lovely quote :-D
johnybravo245
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MelissaMe wrote:
Marble is solid, but it is not unalterable. It weathers away, also.
. At the time when this quote was authored, whether
marble is utterable or not was not know. moreover it must not mean literally that.
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