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George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2008: "Who was Mrs Nassau Senior? Was She the Inspiration for George Eliot's Dorothea in Middlemarch?"

Who was Jeanie Senior before Octavia Hill introduced her to George Eliot in October 1866? Born Jeanie Hughes in 1828, the cherished daughter and only sister of seven brothers, she had started life as a happier Maggie Tulliver - keenly alive, with a…