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rational pattern of society; abuses of power were deviations from an accepted
norm and could be corrected by an appeal to reason through the voice of ridicule.
But society was not static as Fielding and Smollett believed, and the middle of the
there shines through her work the personality of a wholly admirable woman in
harmony with the society in which she finds herself. Apart from her writing, she
had a full life as the wife of a Unitarian minister in Manchester and the mother of a
with is always corruption of manners, of the code of behavior in decent society. At
the center of the novel is the tremendous figure of the great, shady financier
Melmotte, the magnet of all society, the man for whose support both parties bid.
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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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