This is it: the final episode on George Eliot's Middlemarch. In this episode the boys tie up some loose ends, ruminating a little more on acts of the will, what it takes to make it in marriage, and even more talk about the books within Middlemarch. As a final bonus, they loop back around to "The Cinematic Eliot" to discuss who would excel at adapting the novel (Robert Altman?), with a brief cameo by Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life, which takes its title from the novel's last lines.

As mentioned at the beginning, this episode is dedicated to the memory of Hal Bush, Professor of English at Saint Louis University. For more info on Hal, we're including a link to his obituary.


Theme music: "Shostakovich," by Mucca Pazza.

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