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In his introduction to The Fortunes of Nigel he quotes Dryden's remark : ' In short,
sir, you are of opinion with Bayes — "What the devil does the plot signify, except
to bring- in fine things ? " ' But it brought in things that were not so fine, things ...
We begin to feel that the author has aligned himself with the nature of things
against his characters, tha"t he is manipulating fate against them. Hardy's worst
failure here is certainly 'Father Time's' killing of Sue's children in Jude, and his
He had said so bravely, and that is why one can trust Beethoven when he says
other things. This perception into the nature of things Forster calls, in The Longest
Journey (1907), 'the knowledge of good-and-evil ', and he describes it there as ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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