Middlemarch

Middlemarch

by

George Eliot

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Rosamond Vincy Character Analysis

Rosamond is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincy. She is renowned for her extraordinary beauty and practically every man in Middlemarch is in love with her. She is also a talented musician. Rosamond is haughty, shallow, and manipulative. She marries Lydgate in the hope that she will move up in rank through doing so, and she is bitterly angry when her illusions are broken and she realizes Lydgate is poor (and that he despises his high-ranking relatives). Rosamond is deceptive, rude, and uncooperative with Lydgate, repeatedly going behind his back and refusing to make financial sacrifices. She knows she can easily manipulate him and does so often. Throughout most of the novel, Rosamond is adamant that she has done nothing wrong while everyone else is to blame for the great disappointments in her life. An emotional conversation with Dorothea appears to make Rosamond see the error of her ways; however, this change of spirit doesn’t last long. Throughout her marriage to Lydgate she continues to feel resentful of him; after Lydgate dies she marries a much wealthier doctor, which she claims is her “reward.”

Rosamond Vincy Quotes in Middlemarch

The Middlemarch quotes below are all either spoken by Rosamond Vincy or refer to Rosamond Vincy. 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 2, Chapter 16 Quotes

Of course, he had a profession and was clever, as well as sufficiently handsome; but the piquant fact about Lydgate was his good birth, which distinguished him from all Middlemarch admirers, and presented marriage as a Prospect of rising in rank and getting a little nearer to that celestial condition on earth in which she would have nothing to do with vulgar people, and perhaps at last associate with relatives quite equal to the county people who looked down on the Middlemarchers. It was part of Rosamond's cleverness to discern very subtly the faintest aroma of rank.

Related Characters: Tertius Lydgate, Rosamond Vincy
Page Number: 166
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Rosamond Vincy Character Timeline in Middlemarch

The timeline below shows where the character Rosamond Vincy appears in Middlemarch. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 10
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...“hypocrite.” The men discuss Dorothea, debating which qualities make a woman attractive. They also discuss Rosamond Vincy, whom Mr. Brooke did not invite to the dinner because she is the daughter... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 11
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Lydgate is also entranced by “a woman strikingly different to Miss Brooke:” Rosamond Vincy. He does not plan to marry until he has made progress in his career.... (full context)
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...been married to Mr. Vincy’s sister. The Vincy family’s personal doctor is named Mr. Wrench. Rosamond wishes her parents would invite Lydgate over, because she is bored of seeing the same... (full context)
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One morning after breakfast, Rosamond is doing embroidery by the fire while Mrs. Vincy asks their servant to wake Rosamond’s... (full context)
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Fred enters, and he, Mrs. Vincy, and Rosamond discuss manners of speech and how these betray a person’s class. Rosamond and Fred bicker... (full context)
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Mrs. Vincy says that she wishes Rosamond had gone to live with her uncle, a younger Mr. Featherstone, who would have been... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 12
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Fred and Rosamond are out riding when they see a gig belonging to Mrs. Waule, one of their... (full context)
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Rosamond enters and Mrs. Waule greets her coldly. Rosamond says Fred will be in shortly, and... (full context)
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...why Mary needs those books when reading the newspaper should be enough for her. Meanwhile, Rosamond and Mary have been talking quickly upstairs. Rosamond is very beautiful, and most men in... (full context)
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...old and rather plain, but very honest. She exclaims that she looks ugly next to Rosamond, but Rosamond responds that this doesn’t matter because Mary is so “useful,” adding that beauty... (full context)
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Rosamond exclaims that Fred is “horrid,” adding that he is lazy, disobedient, and makes Mr. Vincy... (full context)
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...arrives, dreading his encounter with Featherstone, whom he imagines will have backwards views about doctors. Rosamond insists to Fred that they leave, and as they are going Lydgate asks if Rosamond... (full context)
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Ever since Lydgate arrived in Middlemarch Rosamond has been fantasizing about a future with him. She has always been determined to marry... (full context)
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...guesses that Mrs. Waule was the one who told Featherstone about the debt and asks Rosamond if Mrs. Waule said anything about him. Rosamond replies that Mrs. Waule called him “unsteady,”... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 16
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Later, Lydgate manages to have a private conversation with Rosamond. They discuss music, and Lydgate says he hopes he will get to hear Rosamond play.... (full context)
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...presence brings further warmth to the atmosphere of the party. After she has finished performing, Rosamond tells Lydgate she expects that he won’t like Middlemarch, as it is very “stupid.” Lydgate... (full context)
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...he was young. He thinks about the evening. The narrator comments that both Lydgate and Rosamond live in worlds of their own, “of which the other knew nothing.” (full context)
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Rosamond does not spend much time considering what is going on in Lydgate’s mind. She is... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 23
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The Garths have always felt great affection for Fred and Rosamond. Before marrying Mrs. Vincy’s sister, Mr. Featherstone had been married to Caleb Garth’s sister, thereby... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 26
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...next day, Mrs. Vincy anxiously wonders if she should call Dr. Sprague. At that moment Rosamond sees Lydgate stopping outside the house, and suggests that they invite him in as “they... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 27
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...they are the center of the events that occur around them (the scratches). For example, Rosamond feels that the whole incident of Fred’s illness was actually a way for her and... (full context)
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...and enjoyable for the family. Whenever Lydgate gets a chance, he sits and listens to Rosamond play music. He feels that their shared flirtation is only a “play at being a... (full context)
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Rosamond doesn’t think about money “except as something necessary which other people would always provide.” Lydgate... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 31
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That evening Lydgate speaks with Rosamond, expressing surprise and confusion about Dorothea’s marriage. Lydgate and Rosamond’s flirtation cannot be kept secret... (full context)
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Mrs. Bulstrode expresses shock at the idea of there being anything between Lydgate and Rosamond, adding that she isn’t prone to gossip. Later, Mrs. Bulstrode tells Rosamond that she has... (full context)
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...this exchange, Mrs. Bulstrode decides to speak with Lydgate herself. She scolds Lydgate for leading Rosamond on and interfering with her other marriage prospects, which infuriates him. The next day when... (full context)
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...ten days Lydgate stops at the Vincys’ with a message for Mr. Vincy and finds Rosamond alone. He is moved by how obviously overwhelmed she is to see him; this moment... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 36
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Mr. Vincy declares that he withdraws his approval of Rosamond’s engagement, and the next day Mrs. Vincy informs her daughter of the news. Rosamond is... (full context)
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One evening, Lydgate notices that Rosamond has been crying, and after some prompting she explains that Mr. Vincy and Fred have... (full context)
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Lydgate suggests they marry in six weeks, and while Rosamond doesn’t believe this is enough time, she says she can try to hurry the preparations.... (full context)
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Rosamond objects that these things have nothing to do with her marriage. She says that Lydgate’s... (full context)
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Soon after, Rosamond tells Lydgate how much she looks forward to meeting his family members; Lydgate does not... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 40
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...home with her family, waiting to begin another job. She is sewing a handkerchief for Rosamond on the occasion of her wedding. She tells Mrs. Garth that she has decided to... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 43
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...for the truth about her husband’s health. Arriving at Lydgate’s house, she asks to see Rosamond. Rosamond, who looks stunning in a pale blue dress, tells Dorothea that Lydgate is at... (full context)
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When Lydgate comes home that evening, Rosamond tells him that Will is totally enraptured by Dorothea. Rosamond has been surprised to discover... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 44
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Rosamond and Lydgate discuss the reforms needed in Middlemarch, both to improve the conditions of poor... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 45
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That evening, Lydgate tells Rosamond about an anatomist named Vesalius who lived in the 16th century. He had to secretly... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 46
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...The debate turns bitter, and Ladislaw gets upset, which Lydgate insists was not his intention. Rosamond declares that they are both “unpleasant,” particularly for having mentioned money. To ease the tension,... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 56
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...not their only problem: Lydgate has been getting into debt, and the Vincys expect that Rosamond will soon ask them for money. (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 58
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Rosamond’s baby was born prematurely and died, and this is thought to have been caused by... (full context)
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Rosamond believed Will was jealous of Captain Lydgate and secretly found this delightful. Tertius accused Rosamond... (full context)
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Rosamond went riding again, and this time her horse got spooked, throwing her and (perhaps) making... (full context)
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...an amethyst necklace worth £30. He arrives home to find Will playing the piano with Rosamond. It has been a few weeks since Will went to Lowick to bid Dorothea goodbye,... (full context)
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Lydgate thinks about Laure and wonders if Rosamond would ever kill him. He begins by saying to Rosamond that she has probably noticed... (full context)
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Furious, Rosamond leaves the room and returns with her jewelry box. She says Lydgate can return whatever... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 59
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...stipulation in Casaubon’s will forbidding Dorothea from marrying Will. Fred has not spoken much to Rosamond since she got married; she is highly disapproving of his decision not to enter the... (full context)
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The next time she sees Will, however, Rosamond brings up Dorothea, declaring the whole situation “thoroughly romantic.” Will goes bright red and asks... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 62
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...Cadwallader tells Dorothea that Will is in Middlemarch and that he is constantly “warbling” with Rosamond. Upset, Dorothea asks that nothing bad be said about Will, and she leaves immediately for... (full context)
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...could be what Will cares for most, thinking that instead he must be referring to Rosamond. Though Will would never admit it, he wants to know that Dorothea loves him. They... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 63
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...of Lydgate’s efforts, and some of the other men discuss their jealousy over his marrying Rosamond. They also gossip that Lydgate has been living beyond his means. Farebrother has known Lydgate... (full context)
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...and Mary Garth. Mrs. Farebrother comments that Lydgate spends a lot of time away from Rosamond, and Mrs. Vincy chimes in that it has been very difficult for Rosamond to have... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 64
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...meager income. He is now constantly in a bad mood, which further distances him from Rosamond. He tells her that they will need to cut back on expenses, including letting go... (full context)
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Rosamond angrily points out that Bulstrode should pay Lydgate for his work at the New Hospital,... (full context)
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...walks out of the house. He feels bitterly disappointed in his marriage, and particularly in Rosamond’s refusal to care about what he wants and needs. They make up later that evening,... (full context)
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After this visit, Rosamond stops at Mr. Trumbull’s office. Trumbull says that Lydgate came by that morning, and Rosamond... (full context)
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That evening, Rosamond—who is in a surprisingly happy mood—tells Lydgate that she went to Mrs. Plymdale’s and learned... (full context)
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...the Vincys’ New Year’s Day party, Lydgate says he is going to Trumbull’s office, and Rosamond admits that she told Trumbull not to look for another house for them. Lydgate is... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 65
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Lydgate does not mention his plan to go and see Sir Godwin to Rosamond. One morning she sees a letter addressed to Lydgate from his uncle, and she is... (full context)
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Once they have both read the letter, Lydgate furiously tells Rosamond that he hopes it is clear how she has ruined things, and that if she... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 66
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...disturbs his lucky streak, and Lydgate begins “losing fast.” Fred plans to ask Lydgate if Rosamond is home in order to prevent his downfall from continuing, but at that moment he... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 67
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...after losing at billiards, Lydgate feels repulsed by his own actions. He has learned that Rosamond has already asked Mr. Vincy for financial help twice and been refused. His only remaining... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 68
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...please Caleb and in part to satisfy Mrs. Bulstrode, who wanted her husband to help Rosamond and Lydgate with their debt. Busltrode stresses that he couldn’t help his wife’s married relatives,... (full context)
Book 7, Chapter 69
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...an act of charity. Lydgate gets home to find Dover’s man taking his furniture and Rosamond crying in their bedroom. She says she wants to stay with her parents until Lydgate... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 73
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...now stand by Bulstrode. As he nears home, dread builds as he thinks of telling Rosamond about the whole affair. (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 74
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...who is well-liked and thought to be remarkably honest. People are not as sympathetic to Rosamond, yet at the same time, while the Vincys are not universally liked they are also... (full context)
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...will still be seen as guilty by most people. He adds that both she and Rosamond would have been better off never marrying. Mrs. Bulstrode cannot say anything in response and... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 75
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Even after Lydgate’s debts are paid, Rosamond remains unhappy. She is terribly disappointed with her marriage, and to cheer herself up she... (full context)
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Every person Rosamond invites says they can’t come. Lydgate finds out and demands that Rosamond stop inviting people... (full context)
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Back at home, Rosamond is furious not only at Lydgate’s involvement in the scandal, but also that he didn’t... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 76
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...help but smile. However, he then repeats that he cannot stay, because it would make Rosamond too unhappy. (full context)
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Dorothea asks if she can go and try to persuade Rosamond to stay. Lydgate agrees that she should visit her, saying that it would please Rosamond... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 77
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Since discovering the scandal, Rosamond has barely left the house. Some days she does not even leave her room. However,... (full context)
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Dorothea arrives at the Lydgates’ and, believing that Rosamond is not in, her servant shows Dorothea into the drawing room. Dorothea finds Rosamond in... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 78
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After Dorothea leaves the drawing room, Will and Rosamond stand very still; Rosamond puts her hand on his arm, but Will shouts: “Don’t touch... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 79
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After tending to Rosamond, Lydgate reads Dorothea’s letter. Will arrives and Lydgate tells him that Rosamond has had a... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 80
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...of clarity. She forces herself to reflect on the moment when she caught Will and Rosamond together and to wonder what was really going on. She rings for Tantripp, who is... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 81
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...Lydgate, who clearly has no idea what happened the day before, if she can see Rosamond. Lydgate expresses his deepest thanks for Dorothea’s £1000 check. Rosamond looks alarmed when Lydgate tells... (full context)
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Dorothea tells Rosamond that Mr. Farebrother, Mr. Brooke, and Sir James all know and believe the truth about... (full context)
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Composing herself, Rosamond explains that Dorothea misinterpreted the scene between her and Will yesterday. She says that Will... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 82
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Following the incident with Dorothea, Will returns to the Lydgates’ and pretends that he and Rosamond have not yet seen each other. When Lydgate briefly has to leave the room, Rosamond... (full context)
Book 8, Chapter 85
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Mrs. Bulstrode thinks about it and asks if they could help Lydgate and Rosamond, who are also leaving the area. However, Bulstrode explains that Lydgate will not accept any... (full context)
Finale
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...still live at the time of writing. Lydgate dies at the age of 50, leaving Rosamond and their children well provided for through his life insurance. Before his death he works... (full context)
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After Lydgate dies of diphtheria, Rosamond marries an older, wealthier doctor, who is fond of her and Lydgate’s four children. She... (full context)