18 April 1985
Show More Death Sentences: Styles of Dying in British Fiction by Garrett Stewart.
Harvard, 403 pp., £19.80, December 1984, 0 674 19428 4Show More
Forms of Feeling in Victorian Fiction by Barbara Hardy.
Owen, 215 pp., £12.50, January 1985, 9780720606119Show More
Language and Class in Victorian England by K.C. Phillipps.
Basil Blackwell in association with Deutsch, 190 pp., £19.50, November 1984, 0 631 13689 4Show More
“... sometimes does. Thackeray, more often than not, sets his action decades before the time at which he is writing. When, therefore, in Chapter Two of Vanity Fair, an officer of the Life Guards calls Amelia ‘a dem fine gal, egad!’ is Thackeray recalling the military speech and accent of 1813, or reflecting that of 1847? Phillipps assumes – wrongly, I think – that this is current Victorian usage ...”