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Steven Earnshaw

into the sun, The moil of death upon them. (IV.542–50) They inhabit a necropolis and emerge as the undead for the wedding feast. Again, the representation seems more reliant upon a stereotypical vision of the lowest classes, biblical in the scale of their misery, contaminating all that they touch and the air that they breathe. If Aurora Leigh represents the lower classes en masse as the gothic ‘Other’, it must find a different way of representing Marian Erle, one of the same class, yet with a spotless soul. In terms of poetry versus prose, the question is

in Beginning realism