What Michael Bloomberg can learn from “Middlemarch”

If Michael Bloomberg were a figure from a nineteen-year-old novel, he would be the one written by Anthony Trollope, whose evidence of the intersection of class, money, and politics – especially in his work comedy, “The Way We Live Now” – Reads like a comedy about a twenty-first century audience, even though it was written one hundred and forty years ago. But Trollope, a local postmaster and famous novelist, did not live in an eighteenth-century house on a private part of the Thames wall; George Eliot, his fellow novelist and friend, did. And so, it was the first home of the author of “Middlemarch” – called by many the best stories in the English language – that Bloomberg bought, about twenty-five million dollars.

The house, at 4 Cheyne Walk, in Chelsea, is magnificent, with seven bedrooms, five reception rooms, a large garden, and original details that include a mural on the staircase by Sir James Thornhill, who paint in the house. the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Great Lake of Greenwich Hospital. Eliot, who was born Mary Ann Evans in a provincial town in the Midlands in 1819, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, first visited London as a lowly teenager. . At the time, he declared himself “not very happy with the ‘fury of the great Babel,'” but he agreed to respect Greenwich Hospital, like St. Paul, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Eliot’s writing made her a wealthy woman—if not wealthy by Bloombergian standards—when she moved into Cheyne Walk, on December 3, 1880. The house was designated as a lived by John Cross, the man she had been married to for only a few months. used to. One suspects that his taste in Thornhill’s work was not entirely lost at that time – even though his youthful style had faded into the intellectual romance, wry humor, and thoughtfulness that characterized his novels.

In his surviving letters, Eliot does not mention the beauty of his surroundings, although his letters show that he endured the usual discombobulation of moving house. “This week we will do a lot of things related to the house, such as reducing the order of chaos that reigns in some places that are not seen by foreigners,” he wrote to a friend, a few days after his arrival. (Bloomberg probably won’t get those tests.) He’s sick now, but he thinks he’s recovered: “I’m growing back into my rickety self — a part of the old stuff,” he wrote dryly, on December 17, to Bessie Rayner Parkes, a close friend of the famous feminist writer.

But it didn’t take Eliot long to enjoy his new place. He died at Cheyne Walk on December 22, less than three weeks after his move. the disease spread to his heart. “[She] John Cross, his widow, missed one of his friends. “And I was left alone in this new House that we thought we’d be so happy with.”

For British politicians—especially those who attend one of the country’s best schools or private schools—a familiarity with “Middlemarch” is a given. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, read it again. Michael Gove, the Conservative Chief Whip in the Commons, spoke as Secretary of State for Education where he lamented the decline in the literary taste of young people: “Back you come home to find your seventeen-year-old daughter getting into a book. Which makes you more excited – ‘Twilight’ or ‘Middlemarch’? While it’s spreading across the country George Eliot was born in Nuneaton, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, gave him a message: “Stay true. Don’t be shy about doing the right thing. Decide what you think is right and stick to it” – words, although they could have been said by one of Eliot’s lower provincial characters, found in books of collected motivational quotes , not in any of Eliot’s own stories.

Among Britain’s ruling elite, who either don’t know the book or don’t like it, it’s embarrassing to say the least. Boris Johnson, the current prime minister of London-his work Bloomberg, an anglophile who was knighted by the Queen, said he would not be greedy-wrote an article in several years ago he announced that he had not read “Middlemarch_ , “_ he had done so, in order to better understand the female point of view. “I’m holding myself back now,” he wrote. “I’ve done 150 pages so far. I’m waiting for the heat.

The story doesn’t say if Michael Bloomberg is a “Middlemarch,” though he probably isn’t. He recommended John le Carré’s “The Honorable Schoolboy,” saying, “Six hundred pages, that’s the description, but it’s very interesting.” (“Middlemarch” contains nearly eight hundred and fifty pages of what the literary philistine would call “the most descriptive part.”) But if he exerts himself to the work with good effort which he did himself to strengthen the city of New York. His people, he will find a suitable place to his own ideas, before the time became the owner of the walls in which Eliot will stay briefly.

For starters, he might like Mr. Vincy, the right-thinking mayor of the town of Middlemarch, is one who “prefers good relations to taking sides” – not an approach that is widely seen in Bloomberg’s era. Perhaps he will enjoy the disastrous election efforts of Mr. Brooke, the ill-conceived landowner, who was thrown with eggs when he first saw the hustings, was his last. “No voice had wing enough to rise above the tumult, and Mr. Brooke, unanointed, no longer stood his ground,” wrote Eliot.

But Bloomberg, who turned full-time to philanthropy before seeking office, had better learn to look closely at the example of Bulstrode, the prominent fundraiser. wealth, religion. Bulstrode wields an unfair influence over the town of Middlemarch by using his romantic and political influence – but he has a sinister secret that undermines his sense of legitimacy, the show reveals. finally showing him to be a hypocrite, and worse. “To point out the faults of others is a duty which Mr. Bulstrode has not neglected,” wrote Eliot of the man, whose devotion was so much criticized as “that which restrained because of his desire to become important and great.”

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