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In a sense , with Bage the class - war enters fiction , for Hermsprong is a
completely intransigent attack on feudalism and the notion of aristocracy . Against
the tyrannical , avaricious Lord Grondale Bage pits ' Man as he is not ' , man , that
is to ...
It affects us as Gibbon ' s does , or Macaulay ' s ; it admits of no hesitations , no
half - lights ; it is completely sure , completely dogmatic . Above all , it is witty . The
very structure of his sentences is witty , and his epigrams invite the reader into ...
So that , though she lacks the brilliance and surface graces of Thackeray ,
George Eliot satisfies us much more completely . For what finally distinguishes
one novelist from another , what makes one greater than another , is the sense
we have ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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