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The plot is not a bad plot , and it is certainly not unskilfully handled ; but it is the
wrong plot for the novel Fielding was writing . The reader who comes to Fielding '
s fiction with some acquaintance already with the nineteenth - century novel may
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 ...
The first novel in which the change is apparent , in which the old , loose , episodic
, picaresque form is replaced by formal plot and the subordination of everything
in the book to the working out of the plot , is Dombey and Son . Perhaps he was ...
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