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Then there is Mr Osbaldistone's clerk, Owen, who lives and thinks wholly in terms
of clerkhness. We move north, to the border, to Osbaldistone Hall, the family seat,
where the family of Frank's uncle, Sir Hildebrand, consume an existence that ...
the deepest sense solitaries, but they are not detached from society; indeed, in
great part the courses their lives take are dictated by the nature of the particular
society in which they have their existence. Nostromo is a political novel in the ...
Ford liberates his characters — Henry, Katherine, Cranmer, the Princess Mary,
Cromwell, Throckmorton, and the rest — from the associations encrusting them
from four centuries of bitter sectarian history, so that they live as human beings.
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The Eighteenth Century
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