Dorothea isn’t considering her position to be giving money to Lydgate’s hospital. Yes, it is an honset and good deed she believes she is doing, but it does have a political message it sends to others in the town who oppose it. She’s taking a stance without realizing she’s doing so. People will talk.
I like how he points/out that people don’t want part of a good idea unless they’re involved with it. Eliot is a student of humanity.
Lydgate and Rosamond’s relationship seems built on the idea of ambition, but they do seem complicit in it, as if they’ve found a good team mate in the affair. Will being at Rosamond’s house is a tad suspicious, though I doubt she would ever go in for that sort of thing.
His study hall poem, El Pollo (the chicken), is an example of how someone could take offense to what he writes – as did one of his classmates who thought it was about him and wated to punch Benito. However, the poem was well recieved and well publshed, so there;s that, too.
He does seem to have a fascination with recreating in minature reality as he saw it: the village, the boats, and his carvings in chalk. He has a great patience and good eye for detail. This translates well into his writing.
He seems to believe being a cobbler to be more useful than someone with a Bachellor of Arts. He seems to have a love for the practical, though an eye for the artistic. He loved the minature boats at the San Telmo church: realistic but artistic (like his medieval village).
His fondness of Adriana Tate, the woman from Charlestown SC, is telling in his interest in people who can’t fit into society: she was an outcast in his family, but she taught him some English and must have made an impression.
How wonderful is this description: the sound of the Atlantic waves, the smell of fish, fruits, meat sold/at the nearby market stalls, women in black mantillas or wearing white kerchiefs – this waas outside the window of his school, which was a horror inside. These descriptions are just as Glados would write them – the biogrpher here seems to be channeling Glados, or at least in love with him.
He was a realist from the beginning:his constructed medieval village was so good the family saved it.
He had good models for storytellling :his father told/stories simply aand clearly and the war stories were not just about action and gore. His Uncle Domingo had excellent handwriting which he copied:again, clarity and simplicity.
His birth name is Benito Maria de los Dolores. Fruedian: The author equates his love of female anatony to his prolonged nursing. How many great writers and artists were sickly children?