The Evolution of the English Novel

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Macmillan, 1900 - English fiction - 235 pages

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Page 94 - Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne, And smale fowles maken melodye, That slepen al the night with open ye, (So priketh hem nature in hir corages) : Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...
Page 158 - Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.
Page 100 - It is necessary, for exciting interest of any kind, that the subject assumed should be, as it were, translated into the manners, as well as the language, of the age we live in.
Page 99 - Haggard Egdon appealed to a subtler and scarcer instinct, to a more recently learnt emotion, than that which responds to the sort of beauty called charming and fair.
Page 117 - ... not enjoyed it. In the name of my wife I write the completion of hope, and the summit of happiness. To have such a love is the one blessing, in comparison of which all earthly joy is of no value; and to think of her, is to praise God.
Page 68 - It is true Jane does right, and exerts great moral strength, but it is the strength of a mere heathen mind which is a law unto itself.
Page 98 - ... except in the case of his lower-class personages, he made them talk as seldom man and never woman talked; that he was tiresomely descriptive ; that on the simplest occasions he went about half a mile to express a thought that could be uttered in ten paces across lots ; and that he trusted his readers' intuitions so little that he was apt to rub in his appeals to them.
Page 11 - This law of tendency is, in general, that the depiction of the external, objective, carnal, precedes, in every form of expression of which we 170 can have records, the consideration of the internal, the subjective, the spiritual. We go from shapes, and forms, and bulk, and externals, to the presentation of the life within.
Page 173 - And the harbour bar be moaning. Three corpses lay out on the shining sands In the morning gleam as the tide went down, And the women are weeping and wringing their hands For those who will never come home to the town ; For men must work and women must weep, And the sooner 'tis over, the sooner to sleep, And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
Page 83 - Scarlet Letter" is not alone an interpretation of personality. It is the first suggestion and forerunner of the Novel of Purpose and of the Novel of Problem. It is the convincing proof of the greatness of the art of Hawthorne that the "Scarlet Letter...

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