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Miss Austen traces the consequences of the lack of these qualities in characters set in as completely detailed a world as has been created in fiction . There is a whole larger world outside it of which she says nothing , but that does ...
It affects us as Gibbon's does , or Macaulay's ; it acimits of no hesitations , no half lights ; it is completely sure , completely dogmatic . Above all , it is witty . The very structure of his sentences is witty , and his epigrams ...
... is compared with the African carving described in Women in Love of "a woman sitting naked in a strange posture, and looking tortured, her abdomen stuck out," a true symbol for a way of life which can never be completely apprehended.
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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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