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There is truth in this , and yet , when we are considering the impact of the novel
on its first readers , it is beside the point . Richardson as sexual moralist is not ,
perhaps , a very endearing person , but he was not simply a sexual moralist .
It is silly to blame Hardy for the emphasis he places on coincidence ; simply , he
believed in coincidence . To take an example from The Return of li the Native , it
is part of the conspiracy of things against the exceptional man that Clym ' s ...
Simply because Hardy is working much more nearly at the level of realism in
Jude , one might say at Gissing ' s level , improbabilities become increasingly
serious . The most explicit statement of Hardy ' s view of the tragic situation of
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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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