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Her theme is always a young girl's impressions of the social world, her mistakes
in society, her gradual discovery of its values, and her discovery of love, which,
after some misunderstandings due to her innocence, ends in marriage. Evelina is
This, for Thackeray, has become the motive of human behavior. "Wherever there
was a man, he saw a snob"; and snobbery, the jockeying for social position and
the pretense to a status rather higher than the person's true one he saw as the ...
He could no longer indulge in the luxury of character creation for its own sake
since he was now compelled to match himself against an actual social scene; his
creative gusto and its results had to be checked against the facts of observed ...
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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