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In her own way , Miss Austen adapted and carried further Fielding ' s dramatic
method of presenting action through a succession of short scenes in dialogue .
Though keeping the right to comment , she relied more on dialogue ; but , as with
Miss Bates , the garrulous , woolly - minded spinster , is an excellent example of
Miss Austen ' s use of the minor character . Miss Bates rambles on , innocent and
silly , almost in stream - of - consciousness fashion ; but she rambles on to good ...
But Trollope ' s affinity with Jane Austen goes beyond this . His discriminations
are much less fine and subtle than hers , but when allowance is made for this , he
judges his characters in a similar way , and like hers , his view of life is hierarchic
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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