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We should, therefore, expect his characters to be “flat,” in E. M. Forster's sense of
the word. But this is not so at all. Flat characters are representations of idées fixes
; typical flat characters are Smollett's | Hawser Trunnion and Dickens's Mrs.
We may borrow E. M. Forster's word and call it a fantasy, which at least indicates
that Sterne was not out to produce the simulacrum of reality both Fielding and
Richardson in their different ways were after. Yet Sterne creates a world, and it is
Thus E. M. Forster, in Aspects of the Novel; and if we want the case against Scott
we cannot do better than continue the quotation: He is seen to have a trivial mind
and a heavy style. He cannot construct. He has neither artistic detachment nor ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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