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    It was Trollope's favourite. It does not have...

    It was Trollope's favourite. It does not have the broad comic aspect of Barchester Towers and sets the tone for his following novels.

    There's a splendid older, single, wealthy woman whose name...
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    I realised that I got all the references to...

    I realised that I got all the references to Gilbert and Sullivan. And then thought how many other references to contemporary popular Dublin culture am I missing?
  3. William Hazlitt, not Henry. He was a great...

    William Hazlitt, not Henry. He was a great enthusiast for painting and very knowledgeable on the subject. He was a leading literary critic of the time and wrote a lot about Shakespeare, often with...
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    I was thinking of the comparison as well. They...

    I was thinking of the comparison as well. They are both working class women. But Lizzie is a character in her own right, whereas Little Em'ly is only seen through the sentimental eyes of David and...
  5. Why does there only have to be one? There is...

    Why does there only have to be one? There is more than one contender of the Great British, French or Russian novel?

    Great implies a wide range of society or historical or cultural background,...
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    The two Dickens heroines admired by kev's critic...

    The two Dickens heroines admired by kev's critic are Bella Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend and Florence Dombey in Dombey and Son.

    Bella starts of as a brat and is almost a comic version of Estella,...
  7. I think he was a deist rather than an atheist. ...

    I think he was a deist rather than an atheist. He certainly has great contempt for women, monks, non-Europeans and the vulgar. But I have to say that I do enjoy reading someone with such a sense of...
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    As regards Amy and Fanny, it is noticeable that...

    As regards Amy and Fanny, it is noticeable that they both in very different ways have energy whereas their father, brother and uncle certainly do not. Indeed William Dorrit is a good example of...
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    It is indeed a mark of social class and that's...

    It is indeed a mark of social class and that's why I find it patronising and sentimental. The middle class characters speech is not rendered phonetically because of course they speak normally.
  10. Love’s Labours Lost and the Merry Wives of...

    Love’s Labours Lost and the Merry Wives of Windsor, I believe, were original plots and in the case of LLL not gripping IMHO
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    I get the impression that Othello going on about...

    I get the impression that Othello going on about how it was a very special handkerchief is all rot, just trying to give himself an excuse for being so angry and hurt.
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    Surely the triviality of the handkerchief shows...

    Surely the triviality of the handkerchief shows the depth of Othello's jealousy?
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    I think that is a typo for Fanny Dorrit. As I...

    I think that is a typo for Fanny Dorrit. As I remember she is not a sympathetic character at all until, after having captured the brainless Edmund Sparkler to score off his ghastly mother (bird be...
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    William Dorrit is profoundly selfish particularly...

    William Dorrit is profoundly selfish particularly toward his brother and youngest daughter, and yet tragic in his selfishness.

    There are two dreadful parents in the book. Amy has her father. ...
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    I haven't read her for some time, but I would...

    I haven't read her for some time, but I would agree. Although her chief strength is she doesn't have the negative points of other Victorian novelists, eg George Eliot's worthiness, Dickens'...
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    I meant the entire work. I am giving it a rest...

    I meant the entire work. I am giving it a rest but I have reached half way through it all. I am on the fourth book of seven, which the classic translation tweely called Cities of the Plain. In...
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    She almost certainly didn't care for Fielding -...

    She almost certainly didn't care for Fielding - Richardson was her favourite novelist. If she thought Udolpho was corny - which she obviously did - she would not have cared for something as...
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    I'm half way through Proust whatever you like to...

    I'm half way through Proust whatever you like to call the novel. A very long book with very long sentences. I hope to finish it in the next couple of months but wonder if I'm reading it in the same...
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    I have to say it is my favourite Jane Austen...

    I have to say it is my favourite Jane Austen novel although easily her lightest. I won't give any spoilers, but you have already passed Henry sending up Mrs Radcliffe - this is a wonderful example...
  20. I liked Part 3 best. That it was the only part...

    I liked Part 3 best. That it was the only part not told by the first person narrator of the rest is probably something to do with it.

    Where can I ask questions about Proust? (I'm on the third...
  21. Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet

    I finished The Alexandria Quartet in under a fortnight, so I must have been engaged by it. Partly it was just the challenge of reading a long book. Also I was inspired to read it after reading one...
  22. The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I...

    The Voyage Out and The Years I believe. I haven't read them.
  23. He has a point about The Waves. Dame Ivy...

    He has a point about The Waves.

    Dame Ivy should keep any reader on her toes unless they give up in despair.
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    Pretty well any.
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    Well I think she's wonderful. But do read the...

    Well I think she's wonderful.

    But do read the novels rather than watch the movies. They are completely different things. She thought she was writing contemporary novels. The movies are period...
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