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When he comes out with such a magnificently comic phrase as ' Since I called
upon you that evening when you were , as I may say , floating your powerful mind
in tea , ' we feel that the current of satire , of moral indignation , has been inhibited
But the characters of the novel belong to Lever rather than to Thackeray , and
almost all the characters and properties Lever took over from the
eighteenthcentury novel are there : the garrison of comic officers , the comic
doctors , the spinster ...
Wells ' s comic novels , Love and Mr Lewisham ( 1900 ) , Kipps ( 1905 ) , The
History of Mr Polly ( 1910 ) , are on a higher plane of intention . Mr Polly seems to
me perfect of its kind , Wells ' s undoubted masterpiece , delightful , comic , and ...
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