In the Wood

In the Wood

William Small

Wood engraving by J. Cooper

5½ x 3½ inches

George Eliot, Adam Bede, facing 117

Arthur’s loss of moral fibre is made clear by Small, who draws him as an insubstantial and affected. Hetty’s much-vaunted beauty, described by Eliot, is simply omitted, as if irrelevant to what is essentially a seduction based on Arthur’s power.

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