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She is , for instance , probably the first novelist to use descriptions of natural scenery as a matter of course , but she does not use them merely for decoration or as backcloths ; they have an emotional relationship to the characters ...
They differ , of course , in their notions of morals . It is not quite true that for Miss Austen morals and manners are interchangeable , but the main emphasis in her work is on manners , which she sees as morals in microcosm .
... neither his sexual nor his drinking exploits are anything out of the ordinary , and they could have had little effect on the course of his life if he had been in fact l'homme moyen sensuel . His tragedy lies in that he is not .
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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