George Eliots fiction debut work contains three stories of the lives of clergymen, with the aim of disclosing the value hidden in the commonplace. The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton portrays a character who is hard to like and easy to ridicule. Mr. Gilfils LoveStory, brings forth conflicting value systems revolving around a young woman, Caterina, and two men. Janets Repentance is an account of conversion from sinfulness to righteousness achieved through the selfless endeavors of a clergyman.