The narrative interests of George Eliot's implied author in "Mr. Gilfil's love-story"
Pettefer, Laura Cissna
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This paper explores the role of the implied author in George Eliot s Scenes of ClericalLife, specifically in Mr. Gilfil s Love-Story. As the interest of the implied author seems tofocus on Caterina Sarti instead of the aged Mr. Gilfil, the narrative moves in a direction contraryto the philosophy of humanistic empathy that the implied author has set forth as the goal oftelling Mr. Gilfil s story. Though the reader may have strong interest in Mr. Gilfil, the impliedauthor seems to undervalue him in favor of the melodramatic tale of the young orphan girl heloves. With this conflict of interest in mind, I explore the ambivalence of the implied authortoward her more ordinary characters that would seem to resurface in the portrayals of MirahCohen and Gwendolen Halreth in her last novel, Daniel Deronda.