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The characters are intellectual types, or types of intellectuals: Mr Foster, the
perfectibilian, who believes that the world and man are constantly improving; Mr
Escot, the deteriorationist, who believes the opposite; Mr Jenkison, the statu- quo
We do not for one moment question the intellectual ability or the '. spiritual quality
of this girl, her craving for a larger world of the mind ; and the emotions or — what
exists almost by reflex action — her dedication to self-sacrifice. 'I was never ...
Its theme is the religious and intellectual bankruptcy of dissent in the forties. The
great tradition of radical revolt had dwindled into a mean, self-righteous illiberality
in which the letter was everything and the spirit scarcely existed. The peculiarly ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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