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outburst . If we were hypercritical ' we should perhaps say that [ Lancelot ' s first " eal to Barbara comes a little too quickly , or at
app all events comes so on the reader , who—if there were preparatory interviews justifying Lancelot ' s boyish confidence—should have
been told so . Bat save these little faults we can give very hearty admiration
and very sincere praise to this story . To count the characters who ¦ will live in our recollection as real people would be to give a list of
everyone Barbara who herself appears is from in the first book to . last a masterpiece . The old
schoolmaster is one of the most perfectly drawn characters we knowand the little incident of his leaving the party where he
had gone , so full of gratified pride comes upon us so simply and tenderlthat we confess to having been more touched than by
y , many—perhaps by most—of the highly wrought sentiments and pathetic situations we remember to have read of . Indeed all
through the book the " natural sorrow , grief and pain" is laid bare with so skilful a hand and so tender a touch that we should
decidedl certainl y bring decline disgrace attempting on our to read hairs this book and for aloud ever . We destroy should the
stoical— y not to say strong-minded grey —reputation which has been to this day unassailed _* . True pathos however is very nearly allied to
true humour , and we do not very often meet them far apart ; certainly not here , for Job ' s character and Job ' s adventures make
an admirable comic sketch which lightens the strain of the serious , and sometimes intense , interest of the plot .
being In fact often , we very can near hardl laug y fancy 'hter any and one still reading oftener this very book near without tears .
There is no complicated plot—there is no villain—everyone acts naturally , and almost rightly , but not quite—and so the trouble
and the wrong and the pain wind round heart after heart . It is not a book to quote from—at least a quotation could hardly
do it justice ; it moves gradually up to the knot of the story and what that knot is and how untied or how cut , it would be unfair
both Eliot This to has author story foun deals d and most reader with of , and her to say lies characters _. among , and the that class mine where of George rough
sterling again by ore writers once who opened have by streng her , will th of doubtless to arm , to be dig soug there the ht , again and uncouth skill and
of hand to polish , and taste not over-polish , nuggets they will find , jagged and heavy may be—but worth many ,
many cartloads of Palais Royal Paste .
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BOOKS OF THE MONTH . 209
Books Of The Month. The Like Two Its Pre...
BOOKS OF THE MONTH . The Like two its predecessor concluding , this volumes month of is Lord particularl Auckland y rich ' s ¦ in _¦ " Journal biographies and .
Correspondence " ( Bentley ) are of unusual interest , especially when
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), May 1, 1862, page 209, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01051862/page/65/