Although the connection between Dinah Morris and George Eliot's aunt Elizabeth Evans is well known, little attention has been given to the documented, more detailed facts of the aunt's life, especially concerning her experience as a revivalist Methodist woman preacher from around 1800 and later. My article attempts to provide this information and to show how it impacts on contemporary and current reading of the novel by dealing with perceptions of Methodism, and the historical reality confronting a woman preacher at the time of the novel's setting.

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