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Fielding decided that Pamela should have a brother, a virtuous footman named
Joseph, who would repulse the advances ... for, having discovered the form of the
novel, Fielding went on to do something quite different from merely poking fun at
Squire Western is, in fact, a drunken boor, one of those centres of arbitrary power
Fielding loathed. Fielding, it has become a cliché of criticism, was “a man's man',
and his heroines are the women of a man's man. Sophia Western is scarcely ...
The plot is not a bad plot, and it is certainly not unskilfully handled; but it is the
wrong plot for the novel Fielding was writing. The reader who comes to Fielding's
fiction with some acquaintance already with the nineteenth-century novel may ...
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
The Eighteenth Century
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