The Veiled Hand: A Novel of the Sixties, the Seventies, and the Eighties

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Eden, Remington & Company, 1893 - English fiction - 416 pages
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Page 416 - Wicks revealed himself as a writer of quite uncommon subtlety and strength." The " TIMES " says: "Many scenes could be enumerated from Mr. Wicks's novel which, in the essential satire of the situations and in the spirit in which they are described, would not disgrace the best English satirists.
Page 418 - ... George Eliot, it is pleasant to come across a novel displaying many of the best traits of famous English novelists. . . . Related in masterly style, wit and humour, sarcasm, knowledge of human nature, and the philosophy that comes of experience being prominently exhibited in this very remarkable novel. Many of the passages are as good as anything to be found in
Page 104 - Crown was made to the Court of King's Bench for a mandamus to compel the...
Page 418 - At a time when people are deploring the decadence of English fiction, and asking who are to fill the proud position formerly held by such writers as Thackeray, Dickens, and George Eliot, it is pleasant to come across a novel displaying many of the best traits of famous English novelists.
Page 416 - It would follow, then, that it is totally unlike any other English novels of the present day." Saturday Review says : — "The incidents packed into 'The Veiled Hand' are very numerous and dramatic. Mr. Wicks manages his plenitude of episode with such skill that his packing is not a congestion. His plot, which is exceedingly ingenious, involves a wide variety of urgent topics, all of which Mr. Wicks treats with familiarity, shrewdness, and vivacity. In the matter of construction ' The Veiled Hand...
Page 415 - In reading it one is reminded more than anything else of Thackeray's wonderfully broad and true pictures of manners, and of Thackeray's genius for universalizing the snob and artistically glorifying the flunkey. It would follow, then, that it is totally unlike any other English novels of the present day.
Page 418 - The plot of it is ingenious and engaging ; the characters and the incidents are well under control; the writing, in which there are only a few flaws, is sound and almost constantly brilliant. Many of the chapters are humorous in a measure and in a manner which would have done credit to Dickens; the pages sparkle with epigrams; and...
Page 20 - a said so if it wasn't true," replied Slant, with a touch of reproachfulness in his voice. "The Marquis is a val'able horse, and I wouldn't take the responsibility of 'aving 'im out in 'is present state. I'll say he's a val'able horse, Mr. Chippering," he repeated, with a slight turn of the head, and intimating thereby that he was making a great concession in admitting the excellence of anything on the premises. Mr. Chippering failing to observe this, asked: " Now, don't you think it's a very extraordinary...
Page 418 - Like the early works of Dickens, " The Veiled Hand" is a microcosm embodying representatives of many of the characters that make up the macrocosm. Here are characters good, bad, earnest, shifty, wise, foolish, amusing to the moralist, or...
Page 417 - There can be no doubt that, as far as it goes, this account of interaction between commercial politics and social demoralisation is correct.

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