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ISBN-10: 0230101968

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Copperfield, in which the two serious ladies’ life choices and trajectories are compared and evaluated. The novel’s ending is punctuated by a final interior soliloquy by Miss Goering following Mrs. Copperfield’s departure. In the structure of the novel, Mrs. Copperfield’s story clearly is subordinate to that of Miss Goering, which implies that Miss Goering is the novel’s chief protagonist or hero, while Mrs. Copperfield is her foil. Criticism of the novel, however, has tended to focus more on the figure of Mrs.

All the things that are pleasant in this world. You don’t need much money, you know. The men come off the ship with their pockets bulging. ” She laughed heartily. (56) Of course we don’t expect a vision of hell in a work of seeming mimetic realism, but when we read such passages allegorically, we can discern that that is exactly what we are being given. one is never quite totally in the world / 27 It is important to realize that the morality implicit and explicit in Two Serious Ladies is not the social-psychological morality we are accustomed to considering in the conventional realist novel, but is an ethical morality, typical of allegory, that is focused upon one’s spiritual motives and being.

I don’t know yet exactly how many, but long enough to imitate roots of childhood . . long enough so that I myself will feel: “Camp Cataract is a habit, Camp Cataract is life. ” Escape is unladylike, habit isn’t. As I remove myself gradually from within my family circle and establish myself more and more solidly into Camp Cataract, then at some later date I can start making my sallies into the outside world almost unnoticed. (363) one is never quite totally in the world / 35 Harriet acknowledges that her fear of acting in an unladylike manner may seem indicative of a shallow nature, to which she willingly admits, explaining to Beryl: “You may wonder how a woman can be shallow and know it at the same time, but then, this is precisely the tragedy of any person, if he allows himself to be griped” (363).

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