A Peerless Pierglass Appears, Into Which We Peer (Middlemarch Books III + IV)


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The boys head back to Middlemarch to keep exploring. After an interesting reader comment comparing the book's characters to those in Twin Peaks, they set out to see what makes Parts III & IV work. Along the way they praise the simple nobility of Caleb Garth, use Blaise Pascal's theories of diversion to explain the restlessness of characters, and tackle the famous "pierglass" discourse as a way to think about the book's narration. Theme song: "Shostakovich," by Mucca Pazza