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... in fact , pattern - writing , self - conscious , highly artificial , rhetorical . Witty and
often pointed , it appeared ridiculous in the eyes of its contemporaries and of later
generations because of what was least important in it , the constant use of ...
We shall , in fact , find only one such character , Mme Montani , a scheming
vulgar snob , who might almost have stepped out of the pages of Fanny Burney .
We shall be disappointed , too , if we go to The Mysteries of Udolpho as an
Pelham ( 1828 ) is much more interesting and remains very readable . It is an
attempt to combine the novel of fashion with that of Godwin . An index of its
modish success is the fact that it is a result of its hero ' s taste in clothes that black
is still ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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