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King Lear, for instance, is set in pre-Saxon Britain, Henry IV in fourteenth-century
England, Hamlet in eighth-century Denmark, but these plays are not “historical” in
our meaning. They are not plays about ancient Britain, Denmark in ...
Some are softened by humor: Tom Bowling is one of these; others, the brutal
naval officer Captain Oakum, for instance, or the foppish Captain Whiffle, are not;
they are, as it were, flung at the reader in terms of the most ferocious comedy.
but it is there all the same, and in a way the drinking song adds a poignancy to its
expression. And this is true not merely in this single instance. It is the law of
Peacock's being. In all the speeches of his characters, however absurd they may
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review