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Adam Bede, published in 1859 by English author George Eliot, is a story about love, betrayal, and redemption set in the rural English countryside at the close of the 18th century. The novel tells the tale of a virtuous carpenter, Adam Bede, and his unrequited love for Hetty Sorrel, an attractive but selfish, shallow girl. As Hetty becomes entangled in a forbidden romance and faces an unintended pregnancy, tragedy ensues. The novel navigates the moral and social complexities of Victorian England, exploring themes of social class, morality, and redemption. 

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