"George Eliot, escaped after much tribulation, but only to a secluded villa in St. John's Wood "
St. Johns Wood Underground sign
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Like the character Maggie Tulliver in her novel The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot transgressed Victorian morals in her love-life.

In 1854 she set up home with a married man, George Henry Lewes, in a house known as 'The Priory' (now demolished) in the St. John's Wood area of London where the couple lived together for over twenty years.