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What Richardson's readers were so ardently responding to was his treatment of
the situation of their time, and what that situation was is as plain in his work as in
Fielding's. Fielding, it has often been said, saw t as his task to reform the manners
... and then to give the scene in the fullest of the blood and brain under stress of a
fiery situation.” How he arrives at the situation he seems scarcely to care.
Meredith's general theme is the eternal one of comedy, the clash between
illusion and ...
objective. truth. The. uestion is not one of 'realism' in any narrow interpretation of
the world. It is rather that the novelist must in effect be able to say, whatever the
situation he has chosen to describe, 'Given the nature of man, then | my situation,
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The Eighteenth Century
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