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Days before their arrival to Buenos Aires , Argentina, Nijinsky proposed to Romola and they married in port on 10 September , shortly after they arrived. Their marriage had severe effects on Nijinsky's career. Romola became pregnant right away, and Nijinsky missed performances due to his own symptoms of couvade syndrome.
This gave Diaghilev legal grounds to fire him, which he did via a telegram. He generally did not keep any married dancers in the company. With the outbreak of war, the newlywed couple and their infant daughter were classified as enemy aliens because of Nijinsky's Russian nationality; they were put on house arrest at the home of Romola's mother, Emilia Markus Pulszky.
After two years as war prisoners in Hungary, they gained permission to leave for New York with the aid of Diaghilev and international political leaders.
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They embarked on a tour of North America, followed by a tour to South America. During Nijinsky's final three-year engagements with the Ballets Russes, he had struggled to help manage the tours, which caused him a great deal of stress. Two months after the armistice at the end of World War I , Nijinsky began to exhibit signs of a severe psychosis.
He was committed to a series of Swiss mental institutions, and was confined for most of his remaining 30 years. He was originally diagnosed as schizophrenic by Eugen Bleuler in He was treated by a number of psychiatrists with minimal results.
In , while he was still undergoing treatment, Romola Nijinsky gave birth to their second daughter, Tamara. After Nijinsky became an invalid and institutionalized, Romola shifted from bisexuality and had only lesbian affairs for the rest of her life. In she published what would be her first biography of her husband, Nijinsky by Romola Nijinsky.
In , she heard about a new treatment for schizophrenia and contacted the founder, Manfred Sakel , to have her husband treated. Kyra Nijinsky became a dancer, specializing in a couple of roles her father had done as well as a new dance by Antony Tudor. In she married Igor Markevitch , with whom she had a son named for her father.
Like her younger sister Tamara, she later emigrated to the United States, settling in the San Francisco area. Romola sent her younger daughter Tamara Nijinsky to live with her mother in Budapest for some time. She was too young to have seen her father dance, but became executive director of the Vaslav and Romola Nijinsky Foundation named after her parents , to preserve and promote her father's art, including paintings and drawings he did late in life.
She emigrated to the US and settled in Phoenix, Arizona. Nijinsky died on 8 April in London , England. Romola Nijinsky died in Paris on 9 September In , an unexpurgated English edition was published of The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky , edited by Joan Acocella , a professional writer about dance, and in a new translation by Kyril FitzLyon. His arrest is effected by rioters, who then turn their attention to several of the city's political elite. Tito becomes a target of the rioters, but he escapes the mob by diving into the Arno River.
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However, upon leaving the river, Tito is killed by Baldassarre. Romola makes her way to the coast. However, the boat takes her to a small village affected by the Plague , and she helps the survivors.
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Romola's experience gives her a new purpose in life and she returns to Florence. Savonarola is tried for heresy and burned at the stake, but for Romola his influence remains inspiring. Romola takes care of Tessa and her two children, with the help of her older cousin. The story ends with Romola imparting advice to Tessa's son, based on her own experiences and the influences in her life.
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Literary scholars have drawn comparisons between the setting of the novel and George Eliot's contemporary Victorian England : "Philosophically confused, morally uncertain, and culturally uprooted, [Florence] was a prototype of the upheaval of nineteenth-century England". Renaissance Florence was therefore a convenient setting for a historical novel that allowed exotic characters and events to be examined in Victorian fashion. Romola is the female protagonist through whom the surrounding world is evaluated. Contemporary and modern critics have questioned the likelihood of the level of scholarship attributed to women such as Romola in Renaissance Italy, and have pointed to the possible role of the title character as a Victorian critique of the constrained lot of women in that period, as well as in Eliot's contemporary period.
Felicia Bonaparte speculated about the title character as a "thoroughly contemporary figure, the Victorian intellectual struggling to resolve the dilemmas of the modern age". The psychological and religious introspection seen in Eliot's other novels is also seen in Romola.
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Richard Hutton , writing in The Spectator , in , observed that "[t]he greatest artistic purpose of the story is to trace out the conflict between liberal culture and the more passionate form of the Christian faith in that strange era, which has so many points of resemblance with the present".
In Romola , the title character has a non-religious and scholarly, yet insular, upbringing. She is gradually exposed to the wider religious world, which impacts her life at fortuitous moments. Yet continued immersion in religious life highlights its incompatibility with her own virtues, and by the end of the story she has adopted a humanist, empathic middle-ground.
Romola is George Eliot's fourth published novel. Set in Renaissance Italy, it is isolated from her other novels, which were set in 19th-century England. Also for the first time, George Eliot published her story in serialised format and with a different publisher. Nevertheless, Hutton described the novel as "one of the greatest works of modern fiction […] probably the author's greatest work". George Eliot herself described her labour in writing the novel as one about which she could "swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood, such as it is, and with the most ardent care for veracity of which my nature is capable".
The attention to detail exhibited in the novel was a focus of both praise and criticism. Anthony Trollope , having read the first instalment of Romola , expressed wonder at the toil Eliot must have "endured in getting up the work", but also cautioned her against excessive erudition, urging her not to "fire too much over the heads of her readers". London and New York: Frederick Warne.
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