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She takes as her friend not her equal in birth and intellect , Jane Fairfax , but Harriet Smith , an amiable , stupid girl of ambiguous parentage . She persuades Harriet that her farmer sweetheart , her equal in birth and superior in ...
If it were not for the unity of tone , Jane Eyre would be incoherent , for as a construction it is artless . Yet because of the unity of tone , the melodramatic incredibilities scarcely matter ; they are false to observed reality but ...
We are moved by her more than by Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe ; their passionate intensity sweeps pity aside . In Villette she went back to the wholly subjective novel . Lucy Snowe tells her own story , and we are always in her mind .
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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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