From the book cover: "Latimer, a sensitive and intellectual man, finds he has clairvoyant powers. Then he has a vision of a woman, 'pale, fatal-eyed', whom he later meets: she is Bertha Grant, his brother's fiancee. Entranced, bewildered, Latimer falls under her spell, unwilling to take heed of the warning visions which beset him. In 1859 George Eliot interrupted her work on The Mill on the Floss to write this unusual novella. Reminiscent of Mary Shelley and Mary E. Braddon, The Lifted Veil embarrassed her publishers by its exploration of the 'pseudosciences' and its publication was delayed. It first appeared in 1878, together with Silas Marner and Brother Jacob in a Cabinet edition of George Eliot's work and was not published as a single volume intil 1924. A chilling tale of moral alienation and despair, this forgotten novella testifies to George Eliot's little-known interest in the supernatural."