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That he gets by is shown by our horror at his behaviour towards Grace Nugent,
whom he loves, his renunciation of her when he believes he has discovered that
she is illegitimate and therefore, as he theorizes, that she must have inherited her
Christian ; Trollope sees the incongruities of his behaviour, but he respects him. It
is this charity, this recognition of the gap between ideal behaviour and the actual
behaviour of men, that makes him the true successor to Fielding, the Fielding ...
What he did have was a strong and shrewd grasp of right and wrong in social
behaviour and this adds immeasurably to the truth of his picture of society. Take
his very fine near-tragic novel He Knew He Was Right. In a way, the action is ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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