But earrings of gold and emerald still clung to the withered ears, and the hair, two-thirds of a fathom long, a shimmering silk of golden floss
, flowed from the scalp that covered what had once been the wit and will of her that Bashti reasoned had in her ancient time been quick with love in the arms of man.
Her father, a manager of estates for various members of the landed gentry, was to a large extent the original both of her Adam Bede and of Caleb Garth in 'Middlemarch,' while her own childish life is partly reproduced in the experiences of Maggie in 'The Mill on the Floss
The shining bald head, which looked so very large because it shone so much; and the long grey hair at its sides and back, like floss
silk or spun glass, which looked so very benevolent because it was never cut; were not, of course, to be seen in the boy as in the old man.
A wide plain, where the broadening Floss
hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.