Fashion Book: Middlemarch–Rosamond Vincy
I met my goal of reading Middlemarch in March. Woo! I’ve been meaning to read it for years, and I finally decided this was the year. It was the perfect first-read for my Kindle, seeing as how it’s 900 pages long. I really enjoyed the book, and it was a surprisingly fast (ish) read, given its length. It helped that I had two plane rides and two train rides to devote entirely to the book.
What was most striking about this book, for me, was that despite the numerous social mores and restrictions that no longer exist in contemporary society, so many of the situations and characters rang true. Though the dialogue was perhaps a little more stilted than it would be now, the sentiments behind the characters’ interactions remain relevant and genuine, as do many of the more political situations (though, honestly, those parts weren’t as interesting to me). Also, Eliot was pretty funny–there were multiple lines that made me snicker, which is impressive, given the vast gulf of years separating the reader and writer.
If you haven’t read it, and are willing to devote some time to a great classic novel, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.
One of the essential elements of Middlemarch is the somewhat complicated web of characters. It can be a challenge to keep up with all of the relationships and histories between the characters and families, but that’s a huge part of the fun. Being that there are so many strong characters, I’m going to devote the next few weeks to Middlemarch women for my Fashion Book posts. First up is Rosamond Vincy.
Rosamond is the mayor’s daughter, an accomplished beauty that the whole town considers a catch. She’s eloquent and graceful, and does her utmost to always keep up appearances, even if its at the risk of being cold and distant. Rosamond’s main purpose in the book is to act as a foil to the other (more interesting) female characters.
I think, were Rosie living today, she would wear ladylike, designer clothing at all times-here’s my interpretation:
*Image via Early Women Masters