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In a sense, with Bage the class-war enters fiction, for Hermsprong is a completely
intransigent attack on feudalism and the notion of aristocracy. Against the
tyrannical, avaricious Lord Grondale Bage pits 'Man as he is not', man, that is to
It affects us as Gibbon's does, or Macaulay's; it admits of no hesitations, no half-
lights; it is completely sure, completely dogmatic. Above all, it is witty. The very
structure of his sentences is witty, and his epigrams invite the reader into his ...
They live entirely in terms of property; money conditions them completely. It takes
the place of family affection, but as a link binding them together it is no less strong
. Their sense of property is so powerful and all-pervasive as to have ossified ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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