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In all the speeches of his characters , however absurd they may be , there is a
kind of passion , the passion of the self - absorbed , the crank . For the moment ,
Peacock has become the crank in question , Mr . Escot , Mr . Flosky . He has ...
Disraeli , Mrs . Gaskell , Dickens , were southerners for whom the industrial north
was essentially alien ; the revolution that had made it was new and frightening ,
an affront and a threat , and its towns were at once centers of a new kind of ...
At his best Bennett does achieve universality of a kind , but it is not Hardy ' s kind .
It is , if such a thing is possible , a limited universality , true for a certain kind of
community at a certain point in time , a picture of life not only in the Five Towns ...
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THE FIRST GENERA
THE EARLY VICTORIANS
THE LATER VICTORIANS
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