Adam Bede Chapters 6-10

The next post in The Valve‘s Adam Bede summer reading project is up; comments welcome! The reading pace seems glacial to me so far, but then I’m used to assigning upwards of 300 pages a week in my 19th-century fiction classes. And then it’s supposed to feel like studying, whereas this project is supposed to be sort of fun, and when I drew up the schedule I was afraid too heavy a load would scare people off. Also, it is kind of nice to read slowly. In another week or so we can take stock. Once the action picks up, people may get frustrated waiting to get to the good stuff. Which is not to say, of course, that there’s no action in this section, what with Arthur flirting with Hetty, Hetty making butter, and Dinah blushing…

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