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Another source of the vitality of Fielding's characters is the element in which they
live, Fielding's mind and style. Like the style of Thackeray, who learned much
from him |sbut not enough, Fielding's is that of a man talking to us at his ease.
The mind receives a myriad impressions—trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or
engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant
shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape themselves into the
life of ...
Sterne had good philosophical and psychological bases for his view of the mind's
workings; he was writing in accord with Locke's theory that the association of
ideas in the mind was an irrational process, but he was also writing as it were a ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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