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The remarkable thing is, the tragedy would be impossible without it. Clarissa is a
tragedy of sex. It seems impossible, in the early stages of the novel, that Clarissa
herself, a creature almost inhuman in her perfections, can ever become a tragic ...
His second novel, the delightful pastoral Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), he
devoted to them entirely; elsewhere, they act as the i qhorus to the tragedy. If any
single novel may be taken as the key to Hardy's mind and art it is probably ...
His tragedy is the tragedy of the bull insulted, baited, goaded, and finally killed in
the ring. Gourlay is a man with few redeeming features, except his own pride in
being a man. But his stature is such that he towers over his backbiting
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The Eighteenth Century
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