Open Discussion: Whose story is this?

Middlemarch has a vast cast of characters. Is the story revolving around one protagonist? If you had to choose only one character, who would Middlemarch belong to? Why?

How do you feel about that character?

If you could replace them and make the novel focus on another character, who would you choose?

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P.S. I’m reporting on a story in the Everglades with limited access to wi-fi. My answers to your comments may be a bit belated.