George Eliot started learning German in March 1840 at the age of twenty, and six short months later she was already reading Schiller's Maria Stuart. Schiller was one of the first authors she recommended to Cara Bray when she began teaching her German in 1841, as well as to Mary Sibree three years later when they in turn studied German together. 1 During the course of these years she read Schiller enthusiastically, although of course not exclusively.