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We , however , come to Richardson with two centuries of novels behind us ; it is scarcely possible for us to imagine the intense shock of novelty that Pamela must have had for its first readers . There had been nothing like it before .
In this world , men are awful and incalculable , when seen in the light of possible husbands or potential seducers , or ludicrous , if , as often , they think themselves possible husbands but are seen quite otherwise by the young women ...
Presumably , the day will come when the scholiasts have laid bare all the possible meanings , references , parallels , correspondences so artfully embedded in the text . Will interest in the novel then be exhausted ?
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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