english lit_2225 - effect Erotic feeling flashed in a brief eye contact the colour of a womans hair in the shape of a lovers handwriting Lady Dedlock

english lit_2225 - effect Erotic feeling flashed in a brief...

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effect. Erotic feeling flashed in a brief eye contact, the colour of a woman’s hair, in the shape of a lover’s handwriting. Lady Dedlock in *Bleak House (1852–3) only has to recognize a scrap of ‘Nemo’s’ manuscript for her voice to change (ch. 2). In The Mill on the Floss (1860), when Stephen Guest observes Maggie Tulliver’s bare arm, George Eliot empathizes with his erotic feelings: Who has not felt the beauty of a woman’s arm – the unspeakable suggestions of tenderness that lie in the dimpled elbow, and all the varied gently lessening curves down to the delicate wrist, with its tiniest, almost imperceptible nick in the firm softness? (Bk 5, ch. 10) Thornton in Mrs Gaskell’s *North and

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