'Our deeds carry their terrible consequences...consequences that
are hardly ever confined to ourselves.' Pretty Hetty Sorrel is
loved by the village carpenter Adam Bede, but her head is turned by
the attentions of the fickle young squire, Arthur Donnithorne. His
dalliance with the dairymaid has unforeseen consequences that
affect the lives of many in their small rural community. First
published in 1859, Adam Bede carried its readers back sixty years
to the lush countryside of Eliot's native Warwickshire, and a time
of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot's
powerful portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a
new social realism to the novel, in which humour and tragedy
co-exist, and fellow-feeling is the mainstay of human
relationships. Faith, in the figure of Methodist preacher Dinah
Morris, offers redemption to all who are willing to embrace it.
This new edition is based on the definitive Clarendon edition and
Eliot's corrected text of 1861.