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 grows up   goes to school   moves to Coventry   moves to London   changes her name   falls in love   writes stories

Because Mr. Lewes was already married.

He and his wife Agnes were no longer in love. Agnes had other children who had a different dad. But Mr Lewes agreed to look after them anyway. In Victorian times this meant that Mr Lewes couldn't get divorced.

So he could never marry Mary Ann. And some Victorians felt sure that if they weren't married, then it must be wrong to live together too.

What would you do if you were in Mary Ann's shoes?

Go forward to get some ideas...

Mary Ann signs a letter "Ever yours affectionately M.A. Lewes."
Mary Ann still called herself Mrs Lewes.
This is how she signed her letters.

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