The Lifted Veil

The Lifted Veil❰EPUB❯ ✺ The Lifted Veil Author George Eliot – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Horror was my familiar Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous gritty realism, psychological insight, Horror was my familiar Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous gritty realism, psychological insight, and idealistic moralizing It is unique from all her other writing, however, in that it represents the only time she ever used a first person narrator, and it is the only time she wrote about The Lifted PDF/EPUB ² the supernatural The tale of a man who is incapacitated by visions of the future and the cacophony of overheard thoughts, and yet who can t help trying to subvert his vividly glimpsed destiny, it is easy to read The Lifted Veil as being autobiographically revealing of Eliot s sensitivity to public opinion and her awareness that her days concealed behind a pseudonym were doomed to a tragic unveiling as indeed came to pass soon after this novella s publication But it is easier still to read the story as the exciting and genuine precursor of a moody new form, as well as an absorbing early masterpiece of suspenseThe Art of The Novella SeriesToo short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time. And she made me believe that she loved me Without every quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this wayGeorge Eliot s born Mary Anne Evans imagination cannot be faulted at all throughout this gem of a novella It is a tour de force captured in a mere seventy five pages.Ther And she made me believe that she loved me Without every quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this wayGeorge Eliot s born Mary Anne Evans imagination cannot be faulted at all throughout this gem of a novella It is a tour de force captured in a mere seventy five pages.There s something about nineteenth century novelists There s a crispness in their writing style in combination with the correctness of the language, in fact to the point of perfection, which isn t so apparent in twentieth and twenty first century authors.This book was published at the same time as Adam Bede but it has nevertheless been overlooked for a long time It is also distinct from her other books in that she used a first person narrator here.The need for Evans to resort to a pseudonym makes me wonder if she thought that her book would not be equally appreciated as she was a female writer in the Victorian age The plot is indeed rather unusual and opens with Latimer, the narrator, realizing that the end of his life is approaching as he s been having problems with angina his physician does not believe either that his life will be protracted Thus Latimer decides to tell the strange story of his own experiences.Deprived of a public school education, as it was a fact that he was too sensitive and shy to put up with the rough experience of a public school, the only avenue left open to him was to have private tutors His father didn t appear to be too fond of him and his preference was for the older boy, Alfred, his successor, who went to Eton and Oxford But then Latimer s life changed remarkably when he went to Geneva at the age of sixteen However, he became ill there and his father decided to take him back to England At this stage of his life our narrator was beginning to have visions and very odd things were happening to him This was a gift that put him into a state of great excitement but before returning to England he met Bertha Grant and upon sight of her he fainted I thought only women did that Latimer then began to wonder if he had a mysterious disease.Bertha was to marry Alfred and our narrator then had a passion for this woman and the downward spiral began with a most unfortunate occurrence He found that he could see into people s souls, which showed him plainly that what people appeared to be on the outside were not that necessarily that way inside Then he had foreseen an event that involved Bertha which proved to be true For a young man who had never believed in evil, he had now reached the nadir of despair.The metaphysical and supernatural aspects of this novella are exquisitely described Eliot s mastery of suspense is maintained up until the penultimate page, when the secret was finally revealed And then the curse of insight of my double consciousness, came again, and has never left me I know all their narrow thoughts, their feeble regard, their half wearied pity.Something that I never knew, as was explained on the dust jacket about this series by Melville House was that Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nevertheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art of the Novella Series here, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.I ll definitely readof this author s works Two completely different works in this slim volume, a short shortThe Lifted Veil 1859 pp5 70 and a literary critical piece on women s fiction Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 1856 pp73 110 guess what she thinks about them view spoiler there is a clue in the title hide spoiler both together in one volume purely to get the book up to 110 pages in length, they share nothing in common.This book is one of the penguin Little black classics series, which despite being in and out of bo Two completely different works in this slim volume, a short shortThe Lifted Veil 1859 pp5 70 and a literary critical piece on women s fiction Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 1856 pp73 110 guess what she thinks about them view spoiler there is a clue in the title hide spoiler both together in one volume purely to get the book up to 110 pages in length, they share nothing in common.This book is one of the penguin Little black classics series, which despite being in and out of bookshops now and again with the express purpose of looking for books to buy, I have never noticed on sale to the public, the only other book in this series that I ve read is Mary Shelley s Matilda which by some curious circumstance is a little similar toThe Lifted Veil in that both stories start with an unknown narrator promising to tell us the innocent reader the story of their life because they are approaching death Both are also one trick stories Shelley s story is her wondering what would happen if a father and daughter were reunited after many years of separation, and the father is obsessed with his daughter s deceased mother, and the daughter looks very much like her mother view spoiler and if you are thinking incestuous longing is what will happen you would not be wrong hide spoiler , here Eliot wonders what would happen if a man had clairvoyant powers of a limited kind view spoiler if you are thinking, well he d have a lot of fun working as a police investigator, or professional poker player, or in the stock market then you would be wrong hide spoiler I suppose inline with Eliot s novels, and she was a working on The Mill on the Floss while writing this view spoiler presumably for cash flow reasons hide spoiler this is a study in character and the weak and feeble, ie typically feminine from a mid Victorian point of view, character of the main figure determines the story his wife in a bit of gender play is the thrusting and view spoiler criminally hide spoiler ambitious one, as he is overwhelmed by his visions of the future and apart from once feels unable to change or prevent events from happening In passing he refers to himself as a ghost seer which struck me as unfamiliar in English but rung a bell Schiller wrote a story called Der Geisterseher and since there is some play in the story around the writings of the German Romantics I wonder if Eliot s story borrows from, or picks up on a theme from, or develops an idea from the Schiller thriller, which naturally I have not read, but I have my suspicions, dark and sinister suspicions Some nice turns of phrase particularly on the ability of rich people to affordcomplex marital arrangements in those difficult times before modern divorce laws were introduced Eliot herself, or rather the man in her life was rather inconvenienced by the absence of an equitable divorce law, and so never could be a public figure as a literary heavyweight in Victorian Britain Silly Novels by Lady Novelists I felt very awkward about this one, it wasn t so much She stoops to Conquer as she stomps to conquer and she stamps for thirty odd pages over much trashy Victorian rubbish appealing to audiences as uncritical and highly segmented as we are familiar with today ie young Methodist ladies who want to sigh over the love story in which the plain overlooked girl with a good heart gets to marry the young curate who may be ugly, but is unbending on questions of church discipline I don t disagree with anything she says, but since I am mild mannered there is something uncomfortable about it like watching a heavy weight boxing champion go into a school and take on the pupils for five rounds each in the ring, laughing he knocks them down and out as the bell goes Quite an oddity for Eliot a novella that can be read in one sitting and a first person narrator It also has a distinct gothic edge and feels in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Poe The themes are not so much supernatural as pseudo scientific It concerns the narrator Latimer who believes himself to have extra sensory powers the ability to see the future and read the thoughts of others There s also a spot of mesmerism and the idea that a blood transfusion on death may temporarily raise some Quite an oddity for Eliot a novella that can be read in one sitting and a first person narrator It also has a distinct gothic edge and feels in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Poe The themes are not so much supernatural as pseudo scientific It concerns the narrator Latimer who believes himself to have extra sensory powers the ability to see the future and read the thoughts of others There s also a spot of mesmerism and the idea that a blood transfusion on death may temporarily raise someone from the dead you can always practice this sort of thing on the family servants The narrator Latimer is certainly and unreliable narrator one feels His seeming ability to forsee scenes and see thoughts start in his teenage years and is something he keeps quiet He becomes fascinated by Bertha, his brother s fianc e He has a premonition of them marrying and being unhappy to saywould invite spoilers Latimer s brother dies very suddenly, and indeed he marries Bertha.What is consistent with Eliot s other works is the importance of morality If we were able to see into the hearts of others we would be horrified The plot devices allow Eliot to explore a deep cynicism about human nature and it is rather gloomy Latimer s gifts are really a curse and there is a strong misanthropic element in his character I think Eliot is playing with plot devices Latimer has no choice but to be an omniscient narrator as the author gives him the ability to see the future and the thoughts of others The title is interesting and the obvious conclusion is that it could be the veil between life and death or the veil between one consciousness and another but this quote is illuminative as Latimer describes his vision of a Bridge in Prague, a city he has not yet visited I could not believe that I had been asleep, for I remembered distinctly the gradual breaking in of the vision upon me, like the new images in a dissolving view, or the growing distinction of the landscape as the sun lifts up the veil of the morning mist Latimer had hoped his abilities would be the birth of a poetic sense, he was disappointed and he struggles to cope with his abilities There is a deep narcissism in Latimer and there is no altruism It is all about using the gift to find out what others think of him and seeing himself mirrored in others It doesn t occur to him to use the gift for the good of others This may also be Eliot s reflections on the Victorian Spiritualist phase which she had some interest in It is also interesting to note that Latimer is described as weak and sickly and he is mostly reactive rather than proactive Eliot places him in what would have been a traditionally female role in Victorian fiction.All in all it is an oddity, but I enjoyed it and although the tale is rather bleak, I do think Eliot is having a little fun with the institution of marriage It is worth looking out for and won t take up much of your time Is it the veil of reality that is lifting, or the notion of civility the moment two people lift the wedding veil of marriage in Victorian England Is it superpowers or is it insanity Either way, George Eliot spins a fascinating, if short, tale exploring these topics with The Lifted Veil.Perhaps an unusual introduction to Eliot s work, I am still very impressed with her use of prose to convey uncertainty, and this novella is chock full of uncertainty This story follows Latimer, an individual wi Is it the veil of reality that is lifting, or the notion of civility the moment two people lift the wedding veil of marriage in Victorian England Is it superpowers or is it insanity Either way, George Eliot spins a fascinating, if short, tale exploring these topics with The Lifted Veil.Perhaps an unusual introduction to Eliot s work, I am still very impressed with her use of prose to convey uncertainty, and this novella is chock full of uncertainty This story follows Latimer, an individual with the uncanny ability to see into the future, as well as into the thoughts of other people He becomes fixated with, and perhaps even falls in love with, a woman named Bertha Having such a firm grasp of other s psyches and intentions, Bertha s aloofness and emotional distance becomes an inescapable draw for him What Latimer can see though, is his doom, and Bertha is somehow involved.The supernatural elements of clairvoyance are not really presented as the focus, so much as a vehicle for assessing what one may do with the knowledge of their inevitable demise Destruction of a love, a marriage, and possibly even a life here it is all presented as an inevitability Yet the shear pull of desire s force renders the narrator powerless to his intense and romantic fixation While he cannot see everything, he can see that it will end horrifically Yet the magnitude of the feeling overwhelms himYou have known the powerlessness of ideas before the might of impulse and my visions, when once they had passed into memory, were mere ideas pale shadows that beckoned in vain, while my hand was grasped by the living and the lovedYet one must wonder, does Eliot imply that if the path to destruction is set in stone, you might as well enjoy it Even if it hurts, even if it ruins, she seems to have a rather carpe diem approach to the allure of a femme fetalWhile the heart beats, bruise it it is your only opportunityIt is hard to discern if this is written in empathy for Latimer, or as a declarative statement for why people give into desire when all logic would be screaming otherwise.What I think is important to keep in mind though, is that our protagonist is at heart an unreliable narrator his own family believes him to be a bit mad Does he truly have powers of clairvoyance, or is his condition making him think that his anxieties are in fact manifesting into reality Could he be hearing voices, or is he just hearing a projection of his fears and insecurities I guess the answer to these questions lie in whether or not you believe the powers to be real or not I myself am on the fence with this one.Though a bit short, this novella features some great prose, an interesting mystery, and for me was a solid introduction into George Eliot s creativity as an author I both recommend this book, and look forward to readingof her stuff Rating 3.5 stars This book won t be every reader s cup of tea As the above description suggests, its subject matter was atypical for Eliot though she wrote it in 1859, her publishers found it so different from her usual work that they delayed printing it until 1878 Premised as it is on psychic phenomena flashes of telepathy and precognition, which in Eliot s day were just beginning to attract the attention of some intellectuals, and of the public the titular veil is the one that hides the future I wo This book won t be every reader s cup of tea As the above description suggests, its subject matter was atypical for Eliot though she wrote it in 1859, her publishers found it so different from her usual work that they delayed printing it until 1878 Premised as it is on psychic phenomena flashes of telepathy and precognition, which in Eliot s day were just beginning to attract the attention of some intellectuals, and of the public the titular veil is the one that hides the future I would definitely classify it as science fiction but most genre buffs might not recognize it as that, because of the unfamiliar Victorian style and the lack of any attempt to advance an explicitly scientific explanation for the protagonist s abilities But we re in the realm of soft sci fi here Eliot wasn t interested in explaining her premise, but rather in using it to explore certain thematic concerns And while they re approached here from a for her fresh angle, those concerns turn out to be some of the same ones that are prominent in her better known,respectable descriptive fiction the necessity, for human happiness, of healthy human relationships and the question of whether we re the active architects of our own future or just hapless puppets of fate Her protagonist assumes the latter the author s sympathies are with the former view, but she doesn t spell this out explicitly the reader has to work to dig it out between the lines This is a dark, somber novel, unremittingly serious, concentrating on the inner life of the charactersthan on outward events though the latter are mentioned to illuminate the former Written in the Romantic style, the emotions it seeks to evoke are fear and sorrow and many modern readers will find the narrative pace somewhat slow, though the short length 67 pages the 1985 Penguin edition has a helpful critical Afterward that adds about two dozen pages partly compensates for this IMO, the stylistic influence of Poe can be detected here and in turn, this work very probably influenced Henry James But if modern readers can get past these features, there is rewarding content here I haven t read much of George Eliot s work at all, which I should probably beashamed of Still, a friend passed this and Brother Jacob on to me after she was done with it back at university, and I finally got round to actually reading it I was surprised to find that it s a supernatural story, in a way, dealing with clairvoyance and not just as a societal trend, but one character truly is clairvoyant I didn t think Eliot wrote anything speculative like that at all, which is probably my I haven t read much of George Eliot s work at all, which I should probably beashamed of Still, a friend passed this and Brother Jacob on to me after she was done with it back at university, and I finally got round to actually reading it I was surprised to find that it s a supernatural story, in a way, dealing with clairvoyance and not just as a societal trend, but one character truly is clairvoyant I didn t think Eliot wrote anything speculative like that at all, which is probably my own ignorance My only defence, as a holder of two English degrees, is to protest that this was emphatically not my period at all Given that it isn t my period, I still found this pretty interesting, because it explored the implications for a person who discovered they had such an ability, and because the loveless relationship with his wife whom he married because he couldn t see into her mind had real moments of pathos It does feel at times like an early Men s Rights Activist screed when it talks about Bertha the way she beguiles the narrator And she made me believe that she loved me Without ever quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this way Eh I m pretty tired of the femme fatales who can do that trust me, I have never found anyone that easy to wrap around my little finger, even if they thought I was pretty Give it a rest, men are not at the mercy of their gonads.Anyway, it s an interesting speculative story, though it s too short to really bear the weight of much observation there s no whys and wherefores to be found as regards the cause of the narrator s clairvoyance.Originally posted here A few days after the incident of the opal ring, we were paying one of our frequent visits to the Lichtenberg Palace I could never look at many pictures in succession for pictures, when they are at all powerful, affect me so strongly that one or two exhaust all my capability of contemplation This morning I had been looking at Giorgione s picture of the cruel eyed woman, said to be a likeness of Lucrezia Borgia I had stood long alone before it, fascinated by the terrible reality of that cunnin A few days after the incident of the opal ring, we were paying one of our frequent visits to the Lichtenberg Palace I could never look at many pictures in succession for pictures, when they are at all powerful, affect me so strongly that one or two exhaust all my capability of contemplation This morning I had been looking at Giorgione s picture of the cruel eyed woman, said to be a likeness of Lucrezia Borgia I had stood long alone before it, fascinated by the terrible reality of that cunning, relentless face, till I felt a strange poisoned sensation, as if I had long been inhaling a fatal odour, and was just beginning to be conscious of its effectsI can t find a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia by Giorgione but this one by Bartolomeo Veneto fits the description of the painting the narrator saw in the Lichtenberg Palace, as well as matching perfectly with the strange dream he had after viewing the painting Intense and hopeless misery was pressing on my soul the light became stronger, for Bertha was entering with a candle in her hand Bertha, my wife with cruel eyes, with green jewels and green leaves on her white ball dress Neeless to say, there will be poison mentioned again in this strange story, and further descriptions of hard cold eyes I m inclined to think that The Lifted Veil is George Eliot s The Turn of the Screw An unhappy man, who believes he knows exactly when and how he will die, tells his story When I started this story it bored me The main character, the narrator, seems lost in self pity His life has been hard, right from the beginning, it s not his fault, and he s going to have an extended moan about it He philosophises about life, death and fate, it s terribly depressing However, as the story continued I becamecaught up in it,interested in how it would work out In the end it was An unhappy man, who believes he knows exactly when and how he will die, tells his story When I started this story it bored me The main character, the narrator, seems lost in self pity His life has been hard, right from the beginning, it s not his fault, and he s going to have an extended moan about it He philosophises about life, death and fate, it s terribly depressing However, as the story continued I becamecaught up in it,interested in how it would work out In the end it was quite satisfying, but the main character remained unremittingly gloomy, passive and fatalistic He believes that everything bad in his life is preordained He thinks that nothing can change it so he does not try On the whole I felt a combination of tedium, depression, and interest Im not sorry that I read it, but I m glad it was short My favourite aspect of Eliot s writing is the way in which she crafts places She does so incredibly deftly, and she weaves her settings and scenes into beautiful views which come to life in front of your eyes I also love her writing style Despite this, I do not feel that novellas really suit her authorship She is far better, in my opinion, when she is filling a novel and crafting her beautiful words without any kind of restriction upon them It feels as though her creative spirit has been su My favourite aspect of Eliot s writing is the way in which she crafts places She does so incredibly deftly, and she weaves her settings and scenes into beautiful views which come to life in front of your eyes I also love her writing style Despite this, I do not feel that novellas really suit her authorship She is far better, in my opinion, when she is filling a novel and crafting her beautiful words without any kind of restriction upon them It feels as though her creative spirit has been suppressed a little in this form, and it is a real shame The Lifted Veil is rather a quiet novella a nice enough story, but not a memorable one, unfortunately Read all my reviews on The Lifted Veil was the first of George Eliot that I read, and it was a beautifully written novella but I never really got into the story The little black classic also added one of her essay on Silly novels written by silly female authors , the typical romances where the plain but friendly main character ends up marrying the rich handsome bachelor against all odds except it happens all the time, in novels that is These are still inRead all my reviews on The Lifted Veil was the first of George Eliot that I read, and it was a beautifully written novella but I never really got into the story The little black classic also added one of her essay on Silly novels written by silly female authors , the typical romances where the plain but friendly main character ends up marrying the rich handsome bachelor against all odds except it happens all the time, in novels that is These are still in print today, and while I would not like to read them part of me just thinks live and let live, if there are people who want to buy them As long as there are also alternatives available Little Black Classics 117

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    This guide aims to show you how to download unveiling as indeed came to pass soon after this novella s publication But it is easier still to read the story as the exciting and genuine precursor of a moody new form, as well as an absorbing early masterpiece of suspenseThe Art of The Novella SeriesToo short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time. And she made me believe that she loved me Without every quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this wayGeorge Eliot s born Mary Anne Evans imagination cannot be faulted at all throughout this gem of a novella It is a tour de force captured in a mere seventy five pages.Ther And she made me believe that she loved me Without every quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this wayGeorge Eliot s born Mary Anne Evans imagination cannot be faulted at all throughout this gem of a novella It is a tour de force captured in a mere seventy five pages.There s something about nineteenth century novelists There s a crispness in their writing style in combination with the correctness of the language, in fact to the point of perfection, which isn t so apparent in twentieth and twenty first century authors.This book was published at the same time as Adam Bede but it has nevertheless been overlooked for a long time It is also distinct from her other books in that she used a first person narrator here.The need for Evans to resort to a pseudonym makes me wonder if she thought that her book would not be equally appreciated as she was a female writer in the Victorian age The plot is indeed rather unusual and opens with Latimer, the narrator, realizing that the end of his life is approaching as he s been having problems with angina his physician does not believe either that his life will be protracted Thus Latimer decides to tell the strange story of his own experiences.Deprived of a public school education, as it was a fact that he was too sensitive and shy to put up with the rough experience of a public school, the only avenue left open to him was to have private tutors His father didn t appear to be too fond of him and his preference was for the older boy, Alfred, his successor, who went to Eton and Oxford But then Latimer s life changed remarkably when he went to Geneva at the age of sixteen However, he became ill there and his father decided to take him back to England At this stage of his life our narrator was beginning to have visions and very odd things were happening to him This was a gift that put him into a state of great excitement but before returning to England he met Bertha Grant and upon sight of her he fainted I thought only women did that Latimer then began to wonder if he had a mysterious disease.Bertha was to marry Alfred and our narrator then had a passion for this woman and the downward spiral began with a most unfortunate occurrence He found that he could see into people s souls, which showed him plainly that what people appeared to be on the outside were not that necessarily that way inside Then he had foreseen an event that involved Bertha which proved to be true For a young man who had never believed in evil, he had now reached the nadir of despair.The metaphysical and supernatural aspects of this novella are exquisitely described Eliot s mastery of suspense is maintained up until the penultimate page, when the secret was finally revealed And then the curse of insight of my double consciousness, came again, and has never left me I know all their narrow thoughts, their feeble regard, their half wearied pity.Something that I never knew, as was explained on the dust jacket about this series by Melville House was that Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nevertheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art of the Novella Series here, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.I ll definitely readof this author s works Two completely different works in this slim volume, a short shortThe Lifted Veil 1859 pp5 70 and a literary critical piece on women s fiction Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 1856 pp73 110 guess what she thinks about them view spoiler there is a clue in the title hide spoiler both together in one volume purely to get the book up to 110 pages in length, they share nothing in common.This book is one of the penguin Little black classics series, which despite being in and out of bo Two completely different works in this slim volume, a short shortThe Lifted Veil 1859 pp5 70 and a literary critical piece on women s fiction Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 1856 pp73 110 guess what she thinks about them view spoiler there is a clue in the title hide spoiler both together in one volume purely to get the book up to 110 pages in length, they share nothing in common.This book is one of the penguin Little black classics series, which despite being in and out of bookshops now and again with the express purpose of looking for books to buy, I have never noticed on sale to the public, the only other book in this series that I ve read is Mary Shelley s Matilda which by some curious circumstance is a little similar toThe Lifted Veil in that both stories start with an unknown narrator promising to tell us the innocent reader the story of their life because they are approaching death Both are also one trick stories Shelley s story is her wondering what would happen if a father and daughter were reunited after many years of separation, and the father is obsessed with his daughter s deceased mother, and the daughter looks very much like her mother view spoiler and if you are thinking incestuous longing is what will happen you would not be wrong hide spoiler , here Eliot wonders what would happen if a man had clairvoyant powers of a limited kind view spoiler if you are thinking, well he d have a lot of fun working as a police investigator, or professional poker player, or in the stock market then you would be wrong hide spoiler I suppose inline with Eliot s novels, and she was a working on The Mill on the Floss while writing this view spoiler presumably for cash flow reasons hide spoiler this is a study in character and the weak and feeble, ie typically feminine from a mid Victorian point of view, character of the main figure determines the story his wife in a bit of gender play is the thrusting and view spoiler criminally hide spoiler ambitious one, as he is overwhelmed by his visions of the future and apart from once feels unable to change or prevent events from happening In passing he refers to himself as a ghost seer which struck me as unfamiliar in English but rung a bell Schiller wrote a story called Der Geisterseher and since there is some play in the story around the writings of the German Romantics I wonder if Eliot s story borrows from, or picks up on a theme from, or develops an idea from the Schiller thriller, which naturally I have not read, but I have my suspicions, dark and sinister suspicions Some nice turns of phrase particularly on the ability of rich people to affordcomplex marital arrangements in those difficult times before modern divorce laws were introduced Eliot herself, or rather the man in her life was rather inconvenienced by the absence of an equitable divorce law, and so never could be a public figure as a literary heavyweight in Victorian Britain Silly Novels by Lady Novelists I felt very awkward about this one, it wasn t so much She stoops to Conquer as she stomps to conquer and she stamps for thirty odd pages over much trashy Victorian rubbish appealing to audiences as uncritical and highly segmented as we are familiar with today ie young Methodist ladies who want to sigh over the love story in which the plain overlooked girl with a good heart gets to marry the young curate who may be ugly, but is unbending on questions of church discipline I don t disagree with anything she says, but since I am mild mannered there is something uncomfortable about it like watching a heavy weight boxing champion go into a school and take on the pupils for five rounds each in the ring, laughing he knocks them down and out as the bell goes Quite an oddity for Eliot a novella that can be read in one sitting and a first person narrator It also has a distinct gothic edge and feels in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Poe The themes are not so much supernatural as pseudo scientific It concerns the narrator Latimer who believes himself to have extra sensory powers the ability to see the future and read the thoughts of others There s also a spot of mesmerism and the idea that a blood transfusion on death may temporarily raise some Quite an oddity for Eliot a novella that can be read in one sitting and a first person narrator It also has a distinct gothic edge and feels in the tradition of Mary Shelley and Poe The themes are not so much supernatural as pseudo scientific It concerns the narrator Latimer who believes himself to have extra sensory powers the ability to see the future and read the thoughts of others There s also a spot of mesmerism and the idea that a blood transfusion on death may temporarily raise someone from the dead you can always practice this sort of thing on the family servants The narrator Latimer is certainly and unreliable narrator one feels His seeming ability to forsee scenes and see thoughts start in his teenage years and is something he keeps quiet He becomes fascinated by Bertha, his brother s fianc e He has a premonition of them marrying and being unhappy to saywould invite spoilers Latimer s brother dies very suddenly, and indeed he marries Bertha.What is consistent with Eliot s other works is the importance of morality If we were able to see into the hearts of others we would be horrified The plot devices allow Eliot to explore a deep cynicism about human nature and it is rather gloomy Latimer s gifts are really a curse and there is a strong misanthropic element in his character I think Eliot is playing with plot devices Latimer has no choice but to be an omniscient narrator as the author gives him the ability to see the future and the thoughts of others The title is interesting and the obvious conclusion is that it could be the veil between life and death or the veil between one consciousness and another but this quote is illuminative as Latimer describes his vision of a Bridge in Prague, a city he has not yet visited I could not believe that I had been asleep, for I remembered distinctly the gradual breaking in of the vision upon me, like the new images in a dissolving view, or the growing distinction of the landscape as the sun lifts up the veil of the morning mist Latimer had hoped his abilities would be the birth of a poetic sense, he was disappointed and he struggles to cope with his abilities There is a deep narcissism in Latimer and there is no altruism It is all about using the gift to find out what others think of him and seeing himself mirrored in others It doesn t occur to him to use the gift for the good of others This may also be Eliot s reflections on the Victorian Spiritualist phase which she had some interest in It is also interesting to note that Latimer is described as weak and sickly and he is mostly reactive rather than proactive Eliot places him in what would have been a traditionally female role in Victorian fiction.All in all it is an oddity, but I enjoyed it and although the tale is rather bleak, I do think Eliot is having a little fun with the institution of marriage It is worth looking out for and won t take up much of your time Is it the veil of reality that is lifting, or the notion of civility the moment two people lift the wedding veil of marriage in Victorian England Is it superpowers or is it insanity Either way, George Eliot spins a fascinating, if short, tale exploring these topics with The Lifted Veil.Perhaps an unusual introduction to Eliot s work, I am still very impressed with her use of prose to convey uncertainty, and this novella is chock full of uncertainty This story follows Latimer, an individual wi Is it the veil of reality that is lifting, or the notion of civility the moment two people lift the wedding veil of marriage in Victorian England Is it superpowers or is it insanity Either way, George Eliot spins a fascinating, if short, tale exploring these topics with The Lifted Veil.Perhaps an unusual introduction to Eliot s work, I am still very impressed with her use of prose to convey uncertainty, and this novella is chock full of uncertainty This story follows Latimer, an individual with the uncanny ability to see into the future, as well as into the thoughts of other people He becomes fixated with, and perhaps even falls in love with, a woman named Bertha Having such a firm grasp of other s psyches and intentions, Bertha s aloofness and emotional distance becomes an inescapable draw for him What Latimer can see though, is his doom, and Bertha is somehow involved.The supernatural elements of clairvoyance are not really presented as the focus, so much as a vehicle for assessing what one may do with the knowledge of their inevitable demise Destruction of a love, a marriage, and possibly even a life here it is all presented as an inevitability Yet the shear pull of desire s force renders the narrator powerless to his intense and romantic fixation While he cannot see everything, he can see that it will end horrifically Yet the magnitude of the feeling overwhelms himYou have known the powerlessness of ideas before the might of impulse and my visions, when once they had passed into memory, were mere ideas pale shadows that beckoned in vain, while my hand was grasped by the living and the lovedYet one must wonder, does Eliot imply that if the path to destruction is set in stone, you might as well enjoy it Even if it hurts, even if it ruins, she seems to have a rather carpe diem approach to the allure of a femme fetalWhile the heart beats, bruise it it is your only opportunityIt is hard to discern if this is written in empathy for Latimer, or as a declarative statement for why people give into desire when all logic would be screaming otherwise.What I think is important to keep in mind though, is that our protagonist is at heart an unreliable narrator his own family believes him to be a bit mad Does he truly have powers of clairvoyance, or is his condition making him think that his anxieties are in fact manifesting into reality Could he be hearing voices, or is he just hearing a projection of his fears and insecurities I guess the answer to these questions lie in whether or not you believe the powers to be real or not I myself am on the fence with this one.Though a bit short, this novella features some great prose, an interesting mystery, and for me was a solid introduction into George Eliot s creativity as an author I both recommend this book, and look forward to readingof her stuff Rating 3.5 stars This book won t be every reader s cup of tea As the above description suggests, its subject matter was atypical for Eliot though she wrote it in 1859, her publishers found it so different from her usual work that they delayed printing it until 1878 Premised as it is on psychic phenomena flashes of telepathy and precognition, which in Eliot s day were just beginning to attract the attention of some intellectuals, and of the public the titular veil is the one that hides the future I wo This book won t be every reader s cup of tea As the above description suggests, its subject matter was atypical for Eliot though she wrote it in 1859, her publishers found it so different from her usual work that they delayed printing it until 1878 Premised as it is on psychic phenomena flashes of telepathy and precognition, which in Eliot s day were just beginning to attract the attention of some intellectuals, and of the public the titular veil is the one that hides the future I would definitely classify it as science fiction but most genre buffs might not recognize it as that, because of the unfamiliar Victorian style and the lack of any attempt to advance an explicitly scientific explanation for the protagonist s abilities But we re in the realm of soft sci fi here Eliot wasn t interested in explaining her premise, but rather in using it to explore certain thematic concerns And while they re approached here from a for her fresh angle, those concerns turn out to be some of the same ones that are prominent in her better known,respectable descriptive fiction the necessity, for human happiness, of healthy human relationships and the question of whether we re the active architects of our own future or just hapless puppets of fate Her protagonist assumes the latter the author s sympathies are with the former view, but she doesn t spell this out explicitly the reader has to work to dig it out between the lines This is a dark, somber novel, unremittingly serious, concentrating on the inner life of the charactersthan on outward events though the latter are mentioned to illuminate the former Written in the Romantic style, the emotions it seeks to evoke are fear and sorrow and many modern readers will find the narrative pace somewhat slow, though the short length 67 pages the 1985 Penguin edition has a helpful critical Afterward that adds about two dozen pages partly compensates for this IMO, the stylistic influence of Poe can be detected here and in turn, this work very probably influenced Henry James But if modern readers can get past these features, there is rewarding content here I haven t read much of George Eliot s work at all, which I should probably beashamed of Still, a friend passed this and Brother Jacob on to me after she was done with it back at university, and I finally got round to actually reading it I was surprised to find that it s a supernatural story, in a way, dealing with clairvoyance and not just as a societal trend, but one character truly is clairvoyant I didn t think Eliot wrote anything speculative like that at all, which is probably my I haven t read much of George Eliot s work at all, which I should probably beashamed of Still, a friend passed this and Brother Jacob on to me after she was done with it back at university, and I finally got round to actually reading it I was surprised to find that it s a supernatural story, in a way, dealing with clairvoyance and not just as a societal trend, but one character truly is clairvoyant I didn t think Eliot wrote anything speculative like that at all, which is probably my own ignorance My only defence, as a holder of two English degrees, is to protest that this was emphatically not my period at all Given that it isn t my period, I still found this pretty interesting, because it explored the implications for a person who discovered they had such an ability, and because the loveless relationship with his wife whom he married because he couldn t see into her mind had real moments of pathos It does feel at times like an early Men s Rights Activist screed when it talks about Bertha the way she beguiles the narrator And she made me believe that she loved me Without ever quitting her tone of badinage and playful superiority, she intoxicated me with the sense that I was necessary to her, that she was never at ease, unless I was near to her, submitting to her playful tyranny It costs a woman so little effort to besot us in this way Eh I m pretty tired of the femme fatales who can do that trust me, I have never found anyone that easy to wrap around my little finger, even if they thought I was pretty Give it a rest, men are not at the mercy of their gonads.Anyway, it s an interesting speculative story, though it s too short to really bear the weight of much observation there s no whys and wherefores to be found as regards the cause of the narrator s clairvoyance.Originally posted here A few days after the incident of the opal ring, we were paying one of our frequent visits to the Lichtenberg Palace I could never look at many pictures in succession for pictures, when they are at all powerful, affect me so strongly that one or two exhaust all my capability of contemplation This morning I had been looking at Giorgione s picture of the cruel eyed woman, said to be a likeness of Lucrezia Borgia I had stood long alone before it, fascinated by the terrible reality of that cunnin A few days after the incident of the opal ring, we were paying one of our frequent visits to the Lichtenberg Palace I could never look at many pictures in succession for pictures, when they are at all powerful, affect me so strongly that one or two exhaust all my capability of contemplation This morning I had been looking at Giorgione s picture of the cruel eyed woman, said to be a likeness of Lucrezia Borgia I had stood long alone before it, fascinated by the terrible reality of that cunning, relentless face, till I felt a strange poisoned sensation, as if I had long been inhaling a fatal odour, and was just beginning to be conscious of its effectsI can t find a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia by Giorgione but this one by Bartolomeo Veneto fits the description of the painting the narrator saw in the Lichtenberg Palace, as well as matching perfectly with the strange dream he had after viewing the painting Intense and hopeless misery was pressing on my soul the light became stronger, for Bertha was entering with a candle in her hand Bertha, my wife with cruel eyes, with green jewels and green leaves on her white ball dress Neeless to say, there will be poison mentioned again in this strange story, and further descriptions of hard cold eyes I m inclined to think that The Lifted Veil is George Eliot s The Turn of the Screw An unhappy man, who believes he knows exactly when and how he will die, tells his story When I started this story it bored me The main character, the narrator, seems lost in self pity His life has been hard, right from the beginning, it s not his fault, and he s going to have an extended moan about it He philosophises about life, death and fate, it s terribly depressing However, as the story continued I becamecaught up in it,interested in how it would work out In the end it was An unhappy man, who believes he knows exactly when and how he will die, tells his story When I started this story it bored me The main character, the narrator, seems lost in self pity His life has been hard, right from the beginning, it s not his fault, and he s going to have an extended moan about it He philosophises about life, death and fate, it s terribly depressing However, as the story continued I becamecaught up in it,interested in how it would work out In the end it was quite satisfying, but the main character remained unremittingly gloomy, passive and fatalistic He believes that everything bad in his life is preordained He thinks that nothing can change it so he does not try On the whole I felt a combination of tedium, depression, and interest Im not sorry that I read it, but I m glad it was short My favourite aspect of Eliot s writing is the way in which she crafts places She does so incredibly deftly, and she weaves her settings and scenes into beautiful views which come to life in front of your eyes I also love her writing style Despite this, I do not feel that novellas really suit her authorship She is far better, in my opinion, when she is filling a novel and crafting her beautiful words without any kind of restriction upon them It feels as though her creative spirit has been su My favourite aspect of Eliot s writing is the way in which she crafts places She does so incredibly deftly, and she weaves her settings and scenes into beautiful views which come to life in front of your eyes I also love her writing style Despite this, I do not feel that novellas really suit her authorship She is far better, in my opinion, when she is filling a novel and crafting her beautiful words without any kind of restriction upon them It feels as though her creative spirit has been suppressed a little in this form, and it is a real shame The Lifted Veil is rather a quiet novella a nice enough story, but not a memorable one, unfortunately Read all my reviews on The Lifted Veil was the first of George Eliot that I read, and it was a beautifully written novella but I never really got into the story The little black classic also added one of her essay on Silly novels written by silly female authors , the typical romances where the plain but friendly main character ends up marrying the rich handsome bachelor against all odds except it happens all the time, in novels that is These are still inRead all my reviews on The Lifted Veil was the first of George Eliot that I read, and it was a beautifully written novella but I never really got into the story The little black classic also added one of her essay on Silly novels written by silly female authors , the typical romances where the plain but friendly main character ends up marrying the rich handsome bachelor against all odds except it happens all the time, in novels that is These are still in print today, and while I would not like to read them part of me just thinks live and let live, if there are people who want to buy them As long as there are also alternatives available Little Black Classics 117 "/>
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  • 110 pages
  • The Lifted Veil
  • George Eliot
  • English
  • 26 March 2019
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