Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Great Regulars: The story is a tragic one, and not simply

because the husband and wife are trapped together by Victorian divorce laws, as some flat-footed commentary suggests, though they are certainly constrained by a social etiquette that adds to their misery (see XVII). They are, above all, self-destroyers. While his treatment of location shows him more of a Romantic than the French writer, [George] Meredith brings something of [Gustave] Flaubert's surgical precision to his dissection of the psychologically complex "marriage-knot" entangling the couple.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Modern Love by George Meredith


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