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In fact, Defoe was almost the prototype of a kind of Englishman increasingly
prominent during the eighteenth century and reaching its apotheosis in the
nineteenth: the man from the lower classes, whose bias was essentially practical
Grandison is indeed Richardson's 'just man made perfect', and for all the
excellences of the novel, its admirable dramatic passages, he is in the end no
more convincing than the virtuous in fiction usually are. He is, in fact, too much of
a good ...
We are not made to feel that Fanny's sojourn at Mansfield has made her a snob
or ashamed of her family, but simply that she is seeing the situation as it is, facing
the facts, as she faces the facts about her mother: “She might have made just as ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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