Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Orthodoxies

"He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity. It is the face of a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry--in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls."
--George Orwell,
"Charles Dickens" (1939), Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940)

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