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The Man Of Feeling

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Mackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolence in an uncaring world: he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to ...
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Mackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolence in an uncaring world: he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Is sentiment merely a luxury for the leisured classes?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781170870303
  • Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 0.25 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 7.44 (d)

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where I lay took fire, ami burnt to the ground; I was carried out in that conditfon, and lay all the rest of my illness in a harn. I got the better of my disease, however, but I was so weak that I spit blood whenever I attempted to work. I had no relation living that I knew of, and I never kept a friend above a.week, when I was able to joke; I seldom remained above six months in a parish, so that I might have died before I had found a settlement in any: tbus I was forced to beg my bread, and a sorry trade 1 found it, Mr Harley. I told all my misfortunes truly, but they were seldom believed; and the few who gave me a half-penny as they passed, did it with- a shake of the .head, and an injunction not to trouble them with a long story. In short, I found that people do not care to give alms without some security for their money ; a wooden leg or a withered arm is a sort of draught upon heaven for those who choose to have their money placed to account there; so f changed myj,lan, and, instead of telling my own misfortunes, began to prophesy happi ness to others. This I found by much the better way : folks will always listen when the tale is their own; and of many who say they do not believe in fortune-telling, Ihaveknown few on whom it had not a very sensible effect. T pick up the names of their acquaintance;' amours and little squabbles are easily gleaned among servants and neighbours; and indeed people themselves are the Iiest intelligencers in the world for our purpose: they dare not puzzle us for their own sakes, for every one is anxious to hear what they wish to believe; and they who repeat it, to laugh at it when they have done, are generally more serious than theirhearers are apt to imagine. With a tolerable good memory, and some share of cunning, with the help of walking a...
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