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According to Fielding , Homer had written a comic epic which , had it not been
lost , would have been a model of its kind as his epics are in tragedy . Elizabeth
Jenkins , in her admirable study of the novelist , comments on this : ' The scene in
There are great scenes , the greatest the account of Waterloo , the Waterloo of
the civilian hangers - on of the army . ... gesture , and a wonderful ease of
narration , a wonderful ability to make rapid transitions from scene to contrasted
Indeed , Conrad so sets them in the scene , so poses them , as to persuade us
not only of their ordinary reality as lifelike characters but of their symbolic reality .
An obvious instance is the method of portraying Nostromo . Just before Decoud ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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