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of the eighteenth century the word “respectable” was applied to persons worthy of
respect for moral excellence. Then the meaning changed somewhat; the word
was applied to people of “good or fair social standing,” with the moral qualities ...
Disraeli treats him with the respect due to him. His contempt is reserved for his
creature, Rigby, and for the party hacks, Tadpole and Taper. Rigby is the
embodiment of an eternal type, the coldblooded underling; a yes man, but a
In some respects, his simplest and most successful tragic novel is The Mayor of
Casterbridge. Henchard is his grandest hero, as Tess is his most moving heroine,
and much of Henchard's tragic greatness comes from his impercipience.
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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 FIRST GENERA
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