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Monsters are what men become in the novels of Tobias Smollett ( 1721 - 71 ) .
Lismahago , in Humphry Clinker , the most humane of his works , is described
thus : He would have measured about six feet in height , had hestood upright ;
but he ...
Smollett attacked his age precisely where it was most vulnerable , where it was
dirty and diseased . If we today - think of the eighteenth century in terms of its
architecture , then Smollett shows us what lies beyond the sobriety and elegance
Whether Smollett intended it deliberately or not , he reveals hidden layers of
character in Winifred when he makes her speak of , for instance , ' the grease of
God ' , ' mattermoney ' , a ' satiety ' that is ' to suppurate ' and ' dissent terms of
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The Eighteenth Century
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