Middlemarch

Middlemarch

by

George Eliot

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Joshua Rigg Character Analysis

Joshua Rigg (who later becomes Joshua Rigg-Featherstone after inheriting his father’s land) is the illegitimate son of Mr. Featherstone. His inheritance of Featherstone’s entire fortune shocks everyone in Middlemarch except Rigg himself. He sells Featherstone’s house, Stone Court, to Bulstrode, and leaves town to fulfill his lifelong dream of opening his own money-changing shop on a busy quay.

Joshua Rigg Quotes in Middlemarch

The Middlemarch quotes below are all either spoken by Joshua Rigg or refer to Joshua Rigg. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of Middlemarch published in 2015.
Book 5, Chapter 53 Quotes

He had a very distinct and intense vision of his chief good, the vigorous greed which he had inherited having taken a special form by dint of circumstance: and his chief good was to be a money-changer… The one joy after which his soul thirsted was to have a money-changer's shop on a much-frequented quay, to have locks all round him of which he held the keys, and to look sublimely cool as he handled the breeding coins of all nations, while helpless Cupidity looked at him enviously from the other side of an iron lattice. The strength of that passion had been a power enabling him to master all the knowledge necessary to gratify it.

Related Characters: Joshua Rigg
Page Number: 520
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Joshua Rigg Character Timeline in Middlemarch

The timeline below shows where the character Joshua Rigg appears in Middlemarch. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 4, Chapter 35
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...the frog-faced stranger, who presents himself as one of the mourners. He is identified as Rigg. Fred overhears Jonah mentioning a “love-child,” and when Fred links this phrase to Rigg’s ugly... (full context)
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The rest of Featherstone’s property and land is all given to Joshua Rigg, who is also expected to take “Featherstone” as his surname. Everyone is profoundly shocked except... (full context)
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...there was no such thing as a will.” Jonah chimes in, calling Featherstone “a hypocrite.” Rigg seems unbothered by the malicious comments circulating among the relatives. Rigg has a high-pitched voice... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 40
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...agrees that they should wait for a bit. The couple then discusses the possibility that Rigg is selling some of the land he just inherited to Bulstrode. (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 41
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...the greatest impact on the world. For example, no one would have expected that Joshua Rigg would play any significant role in shaping life in Middlemarch. As a person, Rigg is... (full context)
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The unkempt man’s name is John Raffles, and he is trying to persuade Rigg to give Rigg’s mother some money so she can have comfort in her old age.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 53
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...that Farebrother had been given the appointment at Lowick. He bought Stone Court from Joshua Rigg “as a retreat,” and is currently doing it up so that he might soon move... (full context)
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Raffles drunkenly explains that he came to Stone Court before, when Rigg owned it. He is now seeking Bulstrode’s address, pulling out a crumpled letter from his... (full context)