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The Sentimentalists   By: (1828-1909)

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The novel, "The Sentimentalists" by George Meredith, is a compelling work of fiction that delves deep into the complexities of human emotions and the power of sentimentality. Set in the Victorian era, the story follows the lives of a group of characters entangled in a web of passionate relationships and profound introspection.

Meredith's writing style is impressive and immersive, capturing the essence of the era in his elegant prose. Through rich and vivid descriptions, the author brings forth the fascinating tapestry of emotions that govern human behavior. The characters are meticulously developed, each carrying their own burdens and desires, and the interplay between them is both intriguing and thought-provoking.

At the heart of the novel lies the exploration of sentimentality and its influence on individual lives. Meredith skillfully articulates the allure and pitfalls of emotional vulnerability, showcasing the profound impact it has on decision-making and relationships. The characters' unyielding pursuit of emotional fulfillment and their struggles with societal expectations create a captivating narrative that keeps readers engrossed until the very end.

"The Sentimentalists" is not simply a tale of romance and heartbreak; it is a multilayered examination of the human condition. Meredith masterfully weaves together themes of love, ambition, duty, and the pursuit of happiness, offering a profound understanding of the complexities inherent in our existence. The novel explores the consequences of succumbing to emotional impulse, emphasizing the importance of self-reflection and introspection in navigating the intricacies of life.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the book is its ability to resonate with readers on a deeply emotional level. Meredith's exploration of sentimentality is relatable, as we all experience the joys and sorrows that come with giving in to our emotions. Through his characters' experiences, he provides a poignant reflection on the universal nature of human sentimentality, allowing readers to connect with the story in profound and meaningful ways.

While "The Sentimentalists" may not be a fast-paced or action-driven novel, its strength lies in its astute observations of the human psyche. The plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, allowing readers to savor the beautiful prose and immerse themselves in the intricate world Meredith has created. This novel is for those who appreciate introspective narratives that invite them to delve into the depths of their own emotions and sentiments.

In conclusion, "The Sentimentalists" is an exquisite piece of Victorian literature that captures the complexities of human emotions with grace and insight. George Meredith's skillful storytelling and profound exploration of sentimentality make this novel a captivating read. From the beautifully developed characters to the thought-provoking themes, every aspect of the book contributes to a deeply moving and intellectually stimulating experience.

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THE SENTIMENTALISTS

An Unfinished Comedy

By George Meredith

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

HOMEWARE.

PROFESSOR SPIRAL.

ARDEN,............. In love with Astraea.

SWITHIN,........... Sympathetics. OSIER,

DAME DRESDEN,...... Sister to Homeware.

ASTRAEA,........... Niece to Dame Dresden and Homeware.

LYRA,.............. A Wife.

LADY OLDLACE.

VIRGINIA.

WINIFRED.

THE SENTIMENTALISTS

AN UNFINISHED COMEDY

The scene is a Surrey garden in early summer. The paths are shaded by tall box wood hedges. The time is some sixty years ago.

SCENE I

PROFESSOR SPIRAL, DAME DRESDEN, LADY OLDLACE, VIRGINIA, WINIFRED, SWITHIN, and OSIER

(As they slowly promenade the garden, the professor is delivering one of his exquisite orations on Woman.)

SPIRAL: One husband! The woman consenting to marriage takes but one. For her there is no widowhood. That punctuation of the sentence called death is not the end of the chapter for her. It is the brilliant proof of her having a soul. So she exalts her sex. Above the wrangle and clamour of the passions she is a fixed star. After once recording her obedience to the laws of our common nature that is to say, by descending once to wedlock she passes on in sovereign disengagement a dedicated widow... Continue reading book >>




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