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It is , to put it at its mildest , implausible ; yet Mrs Behn sustains our interest in her
hero in spite of his incredibility . She does so partly because of the impassioned
speech she puts into his mouth , speeches traditional enough in heroic drama ...
He was doing something profoundly new in fiction , but he was hamstrung all the
time as a novelist by using old methods . He took over the old complex plot of the
eighteenth - century novelists , with its young hero on whom the thread of action ...
kind emerged ; or rather , a novel with a new subject and a new hero . kind The
subject is self - determination , the hero the young man in revolt against his family
background and the values it represents . One can ' t say such novels would not ...
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