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This can scarcely be questioned when one remembers the characters of the
novel, those sharp, scathing sketches of the money-conscious, the Veneerings,
Podsnap, Fledgeby, the Lammles. Any account of Dickens is inadequate. He is
But reading his work one can scarcely fail to see him as a soul naturally Christian
. This involves no contradiction; as David Cecil has written in Hardy the Novelist: "
Christian teachers have always said that there was no alternative to Christianity ...
An indication of this consciousness of the split is Henry James's essay "The Art of
Fiction," published in 1884, and if one wanted to pin-point the change in its
clearest terms one could scarcely do better than quote his words on Trollope:
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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