Crotchet Castle

Crotchet Castle

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Crotchet Castle

Crotchet Castle

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"Crotchet Castle" displays Peacock at his zenith. Standing halfway between "Headlong Hall" and "Gryll Grange," it is equally free from the errors of immaturity and the infirmities of senescence. When the former book was written Peacock had seen but little of the world; and could only construct the personality of an Edinburgh Reviewer, a phrenologist, or other object of his amusement or aversion, from the uncertain testimony of their literary productions. Hence his portraits are little better than caricatures, though very humourous ones. Si jeunesse savait, et si vieillesse pouvait! The forty-five years which intervened between "Headlong Hall" and "Gryll Grange" had corrected the original deficiency, but had at the same time enriched the derider of other men's hobbies with a very fair stud of his own. He frequently appears as bent on blowing his own bubbles as on pricking other people's, and might have figured appropriately in one of his own novels as the deadly foe of competitive examination, or the nineteenth century reviver of Pro-

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