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A novel is a totality , made up of all the words in it , and it must be judged as a
totality . Of this totality characterization is only a part ; yet it is plainly an essential
one and the first in order of importance since , so far as the reader is concerned ...
In the middle of the eighteenth century the word ' respectable ' was applied to
persons worthy of respect for moral excellence . Then the meaning changed
somewhat ; the word was applied to people of good or fair social standing ' , with
But at the word ' naturalistic ' one must pause . Words applied to literary and
artistic movements revolutionary in their day have seldom any precise meaning .
They are emotive words , slogans , battle - cries to rouse the faithful . Often , as
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The Eighteenth Century
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