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    The novel Adam Bede focuses on a love triangle between the title character, Hetty, the town beauty, and Arthur, the grandson of a wealthy landowner. Adam proposes to Hetty, who has been having an affair with Arthur. She accepts, even though she is carrying Arthur's child. Hetty runs off before the wedding, tries to kill herself, and stands trial for killing her baby. To show the contrast between external beauty and inner beauty, Adam ends up marrying Dinah, the Methodist minister who is plain but has a good heart.