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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 apprehended ...
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 power ...
Symbolism of this kind cannot be paraphrased; it can only be experienced. It is
probably the rarest kind of artistic creation, and it is everywhere in Lawrence.
Lawrence's use of the symbol explains also his failures, as for instance The
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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