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First published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1859 The Lifted Veil is now one of George Eliot's most widely read and critically discussed short stories A dark fantasy drawing on contemporary scientific interest in the physiology of the brain mesmerism phrenology and experiments in revification it is Eliot's anatomy of her own moral philosophy Narrated by an egocentric morbid young clairvoyant man the story also explores fiction's ability to offer insight into the self as well as being a remarkable portrait of an artist whose visionary powers merely blight his life Published as a companion piece to The Lifted Veil Brother Jacob is by contrast Eliot's literary homage to Thackeray a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading With an illuminating introduction by Helen Small this Oxford World's Classics edition makes newly available two fascinating short stories which fully deserve to be read alongside Eliot's novels


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    These two stories were a hoot and though I actually read them in a paper Everyman's edition along with Silas Marner I highly recommend this Oxford edition for the far superior explanatory material and Introduction which should be read as an afterword and not only to avoid spoilers but because the contextual contained therein really benefits from having a knowledge of these stories under your belt firstBoth pieces seemed to me to be so far from what I thought of GE from having read Felix Holt and Middlemarch as to be the work of a different writer In The Lifted Veil she seems to be channeling Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto Poe's Telltale Heart and avant la lettre Wilde's Dorian with its first person narrator and fantastical premise of both clairvoyance and telepathy Its What If? is a big philosophically resonant one What if the whole future were laid bare to us beyond to day the interest of all mankind would be bent on the hours that lie between we should pant after the uncertainties of our one morning and our one afternoon we should rush fiercely to the Exchange for our last possibility of speculation of success of disappointment we should have a glut of political prophets foretelling a crisis or a no crisis within the only twenty four hours left open to prophecy Conceive the condition of the human mind if all propositions whatsoever were self evident except one which was to become self evident at the close of a summer’s day but in the meantime might be the subject of question of hypothesis of debate Art and philosophy literature and science would fasten like bees on that one proposition which had the honey of probability in it and be the eager because their enjoyment would end with sunset Our impulses our spiritual activities no adjust themselves to the idea of their future nullity than the beating of our heart or the irritability of our muscles 29What if Middlemarch were not narrated by that wise ironic all knowing voice one wonders?Brother Jacob is by contrast a humorous confection about a confectioner who is full of humors —but who possesses zero self knowledge and an infinite capacity in his own estimation at least for self reinvention This provides Eliot an opportunity to let loose upon a satire in the manner of Voltaire say David Faux steals his poor mother's savings reinvents himself as a respectable burgher and dupes an entire town into abandoning their cherished traditions and buying from him foodstuffs that they used to make themselves Nascent consumerism and the idiocies and complacencies of small town life are thereby skewered before David must meet his inevitable comeuppance A dee lite