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Scott ' s characters are embedded in a context of tradition . Historic and social
processes crystallize out in his dramatis personae . It is in that sense that he
made history live ; but the history lives because of the characters . This may be
seen in ...
He lives for it from the least ignoble of motives , one of which is family piety ;
another he puts to his wife in these words : - - - - - - - - - - - - - ' What is wanted here
is law , good faith , order , security . Any one can declaim about these things , but
Ford liberates his characters - Henry , Katherine , Cranmer , the Princess Mary ,
Cromwell , Throckmorton , and the rest – from the associations encrusting them
from four centuries of bitter sectarian history , so that they live as human beings .
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The Eighteenth Century
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