Another very well I came to carry the

example is his real and true love and romance, which is presented in a young
guy who is admired by his beautiful young girl and how he feels that he is responsible
for her:

It’s very well I
came to carry the basket,” said Adam “for it ‘ud ha’ been too heavy for your
little arms.” “No; I could ha’ carried it with both hands.” “Oh, I daresay,”
said Adam, smiling, “and been as long getting into the house as a little ant
carrying a caterpillar. Have you ever seen those tiny fellows carrying things
four times as big as themselves?” “No,” said Hetty, indifferently, not caring
to know the difficulties of ant life. “Oh, I used to watch ’em often when I was
a lad. But now, you see, I can carry the basket with one arm, as if it was an
empty nutshell, and give you th’ other arm to lean on. Won’t you? Such big arms
as mine were made for little arms like yours to lean on.” Hetty smiled faintly
and put her arm within his. Adam looked down at her, but her eyes were turned
dreamily towards another corner of the garden. (Adam Bede 292)

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of the most important points that a reader can observe from the dialogue
between characters of the novel is how the writer is using the colloquial
language (the simple English language used by people). This is very strong
evidence on the realism of the novel and how it shows life as it is even in its
simplest detail like language.

  As realism in human relations (romance) is
still presented in the novel we can see it obviously in this scene and how a
young man is dreaming about his love:

His eyes had
followed her eagerly to-night in spite of himself, and had taken in deeper
draughts of love. He thought she behaved so prettily, so quietly; she did not
seem to be flirting at all she smiled less than usual; there was almost a sweet
sadness about her. “God bless her!” he said inwardly; “I’d make her life a
happy ‘un, if a strong arm to work for her, and a heart to love her, could do
it. (Adam Bede 376)


of the most beautiful realistic images that Eliot shows in the novel is the
image of the lover, who loves his lady so much that he dreams of all the
details of her life that he wishes to be with her, and how he considers himself
responsible for it.

  As scenes go on the novel shows strong
realistic images of how a lover will do everything to protect his love to show
the sense of responsibility. As Adam is walking, he glances Arthur and Hetty
just a small distance away from him and notices that they are bending to kiss
each other, Adam is extremely angry; he berates Arthur for playing with the
lady’s heart as well as taking away her attention from him, and accuses him of
stealing his happiness from him and asks Arthur to fight him. Arthur denies,
but Adam labels him a coward and the two go at it. The fight does not take long
and at the end Arthur is knocked out unconscious. After a while Arthur wakes up
and Adam forces Arthur to send Hetty a letter telling her that it is over,
Arthur agrees against his will and tells Adam he will give it to her the next

   A strong image of realism which shows the
conflict of the social classes in the Victorian age is what Arthur includes in
his letter to Hetty when he tells her his passionate apology for hurting her
and states his inability to marry her because their social classes are too
different for them to have any sort of happiness:

… I know you can
never be happy except by marrying a man in your own station; and if I were to
marry you now, I should only be adding to any wrong I have done, besides
offending against my duty in the other relations of life. You know nothing,
dear Hetty, of the world in which I must always live, and you would soon begin
to dislike me, because there would be so little in which we should be alike.
“And since I cannot marry you, we must part—we must try not to feel like lovers
any more. (Adam Bede 436)


   The huge difference
between social classes and what it presents is very prevalent in the Victorian
age, and it is one of the most important issues that Eliot is trying to
confront and fight through her writings, as she is focusing largely on the
extent of the damage of this ugly social behavior on both the individuals and
community as a whole.

writer exposes the love of Adam to Hetty by scenes till the end of the novel in
the images which show his love for her ignoring and forgiving her pregnancy as
well as his anger and blaming Arthur for all the misery of Hetty, insisting on
return back to him.

   On the other hand Adam’s invisible love to
Dinnah Morris appears because he doesn’t know that he loves her until the end
of the novel when they get married after the blind clouds are gone and he
realizes that she is the true love for him in a real image of how human nature
tends to the inner beauty (Dinnah) rather than the outer physical beauty
(Hetty), in this image the writer uses the contrast between the external and
internal beauty to spur the reader to go beyond the surface of people and see
the deeper side of their characters and actions.  

    In contrast to his good side we can see
that Adam has naturally some bad reactions noticed in his anger towards
Donnithorne, this comes from his feeling of responsibility for his first love
Hetty that he wants to protect her from this rich boy because he knows in his
own mind that this spoiled guy will leave her after he achieves what he wants
and satisfies his desires.

   Hetty is a beautiful, silly, naïve, selfish
and impractical seventeenth year old girl. These stunning girl actions are the
main course of the story. Throughout the novel, Hetty only wants what is best
for her with no concern about how her actions will affect others.  Early in the novel  from the first time she meets Donnithorne her
childish desires and dreams immediately urge her to be charmed by the rich boy
(Arthur), this is obvious (in the scene of dairy) when he comes to the dairy in
Mrs. Poyser house mainly to get the chance to see Hetty and talk to her. The
writer here highlights a strong image of human nature act towards the passion
to live in high social classes life by the foolish Hetty’s high expectations
about this rich boy because she wants to leave her poor life to the rich life
with wealth and to be a high class girl just having a lot of dresses, good
education, parties, and to be served by others. So she lately gives him all he
wants following her dreams forgetting her family and the social class she
belongs to, so Hetty is not really in love with Arthur but she loves his type
of life and wants to achieve it in anyway:

Hetty blushed a
deep rose-colour when Captain Donnithorne entered the dairy and spoke to her;
but it was not at all a distressed blush, for it was inwreathed with smiles and
dimples, and with sparkles from under long, curled, dark eyelashes.(Adam
Bede 110)



human nature of people makes them always try to live in a higher social level
than they are, because it represents a life better in all its details, and
perhaps this is one of the most important reasons that makes a young poor girl
directly impressed by a rich man, in which this love for the rich life style
may lead her to do wrong things which are socially unacceptable, and this is
what happens with Hetty in this realistic novel.

   In the same scene Eliot continues to show
how human nature loves the high social class life, by imaging how Hetty goes
back to her dairy after Mr. Irwin and Arthur leave and starts thinking good
thoughts about Arthur. Despite the fact that she does not take his attention as
a serious thing, she cannot stop herself from being lost in romantic fantasies
regarding the young rich man. She is also aware that her aunt and uncle want
her to show the same type of affection that Adam holds for her. But to her, he
seems a less important figure unlike Arthur who seems very exciting.