Excerpt from Novels and Tales of Charles Dickens, (Boz.), Vol. 3 of 3: Containing Nicholas Nickleby, and Martin Chuzzlewit
While the Author cannot but feel the full force of the compliment thus conveyed to him, he ventures to suggest that these contentions ma arise from the fact that Mr. Squeers is the representative of a class, and not of an individual. Where imposture, ignorance, and brutal cupidity, are the stock in trade of a small body of men, and one is described by these characteristics, all his fellows will recognise something belonging to themselves, and each will have a misgiving that the portrait is his own.
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