"A girl who is beautiful but vain and very stupid, beside her one who is plain but high-minded"

   A rural novel by English author Mary Ann Evans, pen-name George Eliot, exploring the tangled web of social relationships leading up to the death of an infant.  Like many of her novels, it illustrates the tendency of people to judge others purely by their surface appearance, blind to the true character beneath and the dire consequences of that blindness. 

Online edition of Eliot's 'Adam Bede', (1859)