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In all the speeches of his characters , however absurd they may be , there is a kind of passion , the passion of the self - absorbed , the crank . For the moment , Peacock has become the crank in question , Mr. Escot , Mr. Flosky .
It is her presence , side by side with the brilliantly exposed Sir Willoughby and his entourage of witty ladies who function as a kind of corps de ballet to the action , at gives The Egoist its permanently fascinating subtlety .
... the revolution that had made it was new and frightening , an affront and a threat , and its towns were at once centers of a new kind of power and a new kind of man and the breeding places of a new kind of misery .
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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
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE EARLY VICTORIANS
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