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In London he is cozened and cheated by a succession of rogues , tries to enter
the Navy as a surgeon ' s mate but , despite his professional qualifications , finds
that entry into the service depends upon the bribing of Admiralty clerks .
His adventures in society in Paris and London , his excursion into the underworld
of the day , are told in a lively style over - studded with epigrams . Reading
Pelham , one cannot forget that the epoch described is still pre - Victorian ; Lytton
The Princess Casamassima was the first fruit of James ' s decision to settle in
England , and much of its richness comes from the thoroughness of his surrender
to the spell of London , from the assault directly made by the great city upon an ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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