Hardy Review 13

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two people in one book, demand
a summing up at the End, with
a conclusion like a sermon,
but there is no room for such
small observance, before the
power and portent of its idea,
and motif. His epigramatic
flashes are delicious, as when
the minister of Ashurst says
of a local magnate just dead,
to Schonberg - "He was a just
man" - He replies "I have
observed that an excess of one
quality is always bought at
an expense of another. If a man