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Undoing the tackle he re means leaving the estate for another tenant-farm, a move which is not said to be economically impossible (labour was short on the land), though it would have been emotionally difficult. In staying on, the Poysers exercise free choice. Mrs Poyser does not think it their duty to submit to landowners beyond what 'flesh and blood will bear'. Fortunately, Arthur, through his delegate Mr Irwine, later eases their situation. 24 Mr Irwine had warned Arthur that plans to apply Arthur Young's theory of agricultural management might run into opposition on the ground, which it would prove costly to overcome by negotiation.
8) Country Life: Adam Bede 31 Yet references to ageing and extraordinariness remind us that this grip on comfort and security derives from a pressing psychological need, not complacency. t to hear of Thias Bede's drowning in the Willow Brook, to which she can respond in 'the frank and genial' key of C. She is stiffened by her belief in fixity of character (the troublesome Thias is 'better out 0' the way nor in'). Her sister Judith's charitable disposition, for example, was 'just the same from the first 0' my remembering her; it made no difference in her, as I could see, when she took to the Methodists'.
The emphasis is not on profitability as such. Adam insists on charging 'the regular price' for his work, which he believes is the just' price (Ch. 22 In this moral spirit, he admires Moses for having 'carried a hard business weIl through, and died when other folks were going to reap the fruits' (Ch. 50). It is the expansiveness of enterprise which appeals to Adam Bede, the long-term benefits; he has schemes for improving the roads 'that were so imperfect all through the country' (Ch. 38), which would involve the co-operation of the landowner.