By Suzanne Nalbantian

ISBN-10: 0333474007

ISBN-13: 9780333474006

ISBN-10: 1349104507

ISBN-13: 9781349104505

A comparative evaluate of the transmutation of a decadent mentality into an identifiable narrative kind. the writer examines the paintings of 5 significant novelists within the final zone of the 19th century and makes an attempt to track perplexities, perversities and combos of extra.

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Newman admits at various points that he fails to understand them. Their social snobbery and aristocratic pride, as vestiges of the past, preclude revisionism and revival. What prolongs the drama is the long-drawn-out decisionmaking on the part of the Bellegarde family monolith, and their inability to face the decision once they weakly make it. The dialogues resemble static poses with marked intransigence on both sides. It is true that under duress the Bellegardes assent at one point, lured in spite of themselves by Newman's money to cure their desperate financial status.

As for Marcher, he is the typical Jamesian archetype of the nonparticipant in life. Like the more developed character, Lambert Strether of The Ambassadors, he is marked by an apprehensive attitude toward life, an overwhelming fear to embrace it and engage in an affair with it. Marcher is left mourning the passing of an experience not realized- avoided in the past, and postponed into the future. The story is tantalizing yet disturbing because it conveys an absence so prodigiously. Life is represented existentially as something luscious and pulsating which fails to emerge concretely because of a reluctance to give it recognition.

The characters are paradoxically engaged in an itinerary which leads nowhere, as highlighted, for example, in the ironic French meaning ('walk') of Marcher's name. Ironically, in their negative relation to life, such characters gain ascendance as a 'type'. In their rejection of the essential, they become momentous in their triviality. They also, uncannily, approach the characteristic attitude of the Aesthetes, who prefer the imaginary to the real, although their social context is entirely different.

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