GEORGE ELIOT LIVES* is a true story about Freda’s amazing discovery in the library of her historical bed and breakfast. The mystery revolves around The Mill on the Floss, a novel by George Eliot. When Freda photographs the book, there is a glowing orb on it. It seemed to be inviting her to read the book. She was so intrigued by this that she decided to investigate further. What Freda found was nothing short of amazing! Details inside the book seemed to be a rubber stamp of her life!
Delving into the Eliot novel, Freda found that there were more similarities between The Mill on the Floss and her life than she could explain away as coincidence. The protagonist, Maggie, was a mirror image of Freda. After researching Eliot’s life as a whole, she learned that the character, Maggie, in The Mill on the Floss, was the autobiographical representation of Eliot. Realizing that her life seemed an imprint of Eliot’s own in many ways, she pressed on with her research.
A comparative list of fifty parallels between Eliot and herself impressed Freda to write a book describing the juxtaposition between her life and the life of the Victorian writer, George Eliot. With a physicist as her mentor, a psychologist and past life reader as a guide, and her English professor husband as her daily support, she reached into the past, pulled it into the present and looked it squarely in the eye. She seemed to be reliving George Eliot’s life!
The real cliff-hanger came when Freda learned that George Eliot died of kidney failure at #4 Cheyne Walk. The street address is pronounced the same as Freda’s last name: Chaney. Freda, herself, had been prone to kidney infections as a child.
Even more surprising is the fact that Freda’s husband is almost a model for Eliot’s soul mate, George Lewes. Freda and her husband live and write happily together in their historical manor house which is very similar to the Griff House in which George Eliot lived when she was young!
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George Eliot Lives! by Freda M. Chaney,D.D. non-fiction, Official Website