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Despite his aristocratic origins , Fielding had experienced at first hand the
appalling economic and social insecurity of an age that ... And he knew , from his
own experience as well as from observation , what the real canker of the age was
: the ...
potential experience or his knowledge ; the characters are ordinary enough in
mind , feeling , ambitions , fears , for the reader to be able to identify himself with
them without difficulty . They awake in him the emotion of delighted recognition .
But it expresses , as the earlier books do not , a complete experience of life ,
experience in the widest sense , imaginative and intellectual alike . The view of
life expressed is a sombre one , and one that cannot be wholly accepted : much
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The Eighteenth Century
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