Nov 8, 2018 - 19 min
Robert Armstrong: the US needs a George Eliot to unpick the mysteries of wealth, class and status. "Part of Eliot's point in Middlemarch was to demonstrate how, as rigid as the provincial class system was, it had points of permeability and flexibility. Intelligence, education, charisma and love let her characters defy it, and use it to their advantage. Only a novelist could show us how this can work, because if social codes could be simply stated, they would be easily overcome, and they would lose their point." Here, the Financial Times' US Financial Editor reflects.