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Forster concedes that Scott could tell a story—and then synopsizes The
Antiquary in order to show how badly Scott did so. Forster is putting the current
view of Scott; and much of his case must be admitted: Scott will never again be
the figure ...
The comparison is not irrelevant, for Scott, too, is one of the great extraverts of
literature, like Tolstoy a master of the normal. On his lower level, however, Scott
was triumphantly successful. At his greatest, he was writing epic, and when one ...
the Scottish earth. And here we come across another clue to Scott's failure with
romantic young gentlemen and ladies: they habitually speak English, and very
stilted, nerveless English at that. Generally his characters are alive in their
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