New Outlook Volume 130

New Outlook Volume 130

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...had also analysis where now ve hafie dissection, and humor where now we have gloom. N01' did they lack the sex motive; it is as old as Homer and it is as universal as life; illicit love, divorce, seduction, illegitimacy, were not avoided, as scores of instances might prove--"Dombey and Son," "The Mill on the Floss," "The Scarlet Letter," "Griflith Gaunt," "The Heart of Midlothian," for instance, to name the first that come to mind. But it _must be admitted that the tendency was to preserve a decent reserve in manner, to recognize sin as sin instead of as a natural and almost universal kind of "freedom," and to deal with character rather than physiology. Perhaps Mr. Maxwell's "A Little More"' may illustrate what is meant. The reversion is the more notable in that his heretofore best-known story, "Mrs. Thompson," a clever piece of writing, is decidedly physiological and unpleasant in theme. In his new book, on the contrary, we have almost a Dickensian flavor of good cheer and good will among men. The Welby family, with its beaming and not too brilliant father, its gentle mother, its amiable and lively children and their happy love affairs, are sorely tried and magically transmogrifled by sudden wealth into selfish nouvcuu riche people; the father drinks and struts, the mother overdresses and simpers, the boy becomes sporty and unfaithful to the working-girl he still seini-consciously loves, the daughters plan splendid marriages---all this through the malign intent of the misanthropic uncle who leaves them the money. But with the war, "Hey, presto, change" again. The money disappears to the last penny; the Welbys are reduced...show more

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  • Paperback | 554 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 975g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774183
  • 9781236774187