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... their own devices instead of obeying a law they believe in. ... The evil principle
deprecated in that religion, is the orderly sequence by which the seed brings forth
a crop after its kind.' George Eliot believed, almost like a fanatic of determinism ...
Disraeli, Mrs Gaskell, Dickens, were southerners for whom the industrial north
was essentially alien; the revolution that had made it was new and frightening, an
affront and a threat, and its towns were at once centres of a new kind of power ...
Symbolism of this kind cannot be paraphrased; it can only be experienced. It is
probably the rarest kind of artistic creation, and it is everywhere in Lawrence.
Lawrence's use of the symbol explains also his failures, as for instance The
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The Eighteenth Century
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