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through character can the novelist's apprehensions of man's fate be uttered at all.
When Mrs. Leavis, in Fiction and the Reading Public, says that "all a novelist
need do is to provide bold outlines, and the reader will cooperate to persuade ...
These characters are most evident when he is attacking social injustice or flaws
in the social code. Bumble, Heep, and Gradgrind are typical figures of savage
comedy; ridicule and contempt are poured upon them, but they remain monstrous
obsessional element in his characters. This is so regardless of whether he is
describing characters that are formally comic. In Dombey, for instance, or Carker
in the same novel, or Headstone in Our Mutual Friend, Dickens is concentrating
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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