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And Dr Primrose was meant to be a figure of satire , almost a butt , a specimen of
foolish optimism , of benevolence that did not know the world . Wisdom is
represented by Burchell , whose job it is to save Primrose and his family from the
When one has listed affinities and possible influences one has only said that he
was a satirist , a satirist of a specific kind . ... It is an exhaustive list of Peacock's
victims ; but his satire at their expense is not that of the censor or the moralist .
The satire dazzles ; the various aspects of romanticism are unerringly hit off ; the
invention is constant ; and one part at least of Coleridge is completely caught ,
that part of him which replies to Marionetta's question , ' Will you oblige me , Mr ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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