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Some critics argue that the novel champions middle classes over the lower orders; others, however, find this claim “too simplistic” and argue that the novel “highlights the shortfalls inherent to bourgeois masculinity.” Sally Mitchell argues that the novel simultaneously upholds and undermines middle-class values.
For an afternoon’s amusement, here is a challenge: Without resorting to a search engine, see if you can guess what novel is here described. The answer will be given tomorrow in this space.
For further amusement, try to list as many novels as you can think of to which this description might apply. You may wish to give yourself a time limit: as many as you can think of in five minutes, for example. Having compiled your list, award yourself a graduate degree in English Literature.