Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
The moral center of the novel is located in the rambling, homely house with an orchard in front of it, a little way outside the town, where the Garth family resides. They are of the kind and quality that Eliot considered the true source of Britain’s strength. Their farmhouses, their family, and their family relationships play a significant role in shaping the atmosphere and tone of this novel.
Stone Court. Estate near the center of Middlemarch in which another drama of money and property is played out by the miserly uncle Featherstone, who holds the purse strings of many relatives and affects the lives of Mayor Vincy’s son and daughter.
Houndsley. Town just outside Middlemarch. In this “unsanitary” town, gambling and bad faith dealings are carried on, where horses are bought and sold, many of them deficient in quality. There, the mayor’s son incurs debts that soon have a rippling effect in the novel. This undercurrent of bad debts and bad faith spills over into the lives of the major and minor characters, again underscoring the importance that Eliot gives to money and property.
*Rome. Leading Italian city that provides a symbolic setting for the brief honeymoon of the poorly matched couple, Dorothea and Casaubon. The strong contrast between the lush, warm art works in this sensuous city and the couple’s cold relationship reveals serious shortcomings in Dorothea’s scholarly husband and foreshadows the failure of their marriage.
*Paris. France’s capital and leading city, in which the youthful medical student Tertius Lydgate is shown in a flashback that demonstrates his weakness for the wrong kind of woman–a young actor. Eliot uses the Paris incident to prepare readers for Lydgate’s next misstep, when he chooses Middlemarch’s town beauty, Rosamond, for his wife.
*Bath. English resort town, where Lydgate retires with his demanding wife to treat wealthy patients with gout after being spurned by the town of Middlemarch. Bath provides a plush setting to signify the loss of aspirations for medical reform.
*London. Capital of Great Britain where Dorothea lives after her first husband, Casaubon, dies, and she marries Will Ladislaw, who pursues a political career. The more anonymous location of London allows Dorothea to leave behind the censorious Middlemarch. To the Middlemarchers, London meant living “in a street,” giving up the luxury of an estate, living among poverty and crime.