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By Angus Wilson

Gerald Middleton is a sixty-year-old self-proclaimed failure. Worse than that, he’s "a failure with a conscience." As a tender guy, he was once interested by an archaeological dig that became up an obscene idol within the coffin of a seventh-century bishop and scandalized a iteration. the invention used to be in truth the main outrageous archaeological hoax of the century, and Gerald has lengthy identified who was once accountable and why. yet to bare actually to probability destroying the realm of comfortable compromises that, individually in addition to professionally, he has lengthy made his own.

One of England's first brazenly homosexual novelists, Angus Wilson was once a filthy realist who relished the sleaze and scuffle of lifestyle. Slashingly satirical, virtuosically plotted, and exhibiting Dickensian humor and nerve, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes encompasses a vibrant forged of characters that incorporates scheming lecturers and fading actresses, huge businessmen toggling among mistresses and other halves, media celebrities, hustlers, transvestites, blackmailers, toadies, or even one holy idiot. all people, it kind of feels, is both in cahoots or in the dead of night, while comically intrepid Gerald Middleton struggles to take care of a few dignity whereas digging up a heritage of lies.

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The summer season, however, makes this multitude of actions not incredible. The nights, too, are not the nights of winter. If it had been cold, how could Hector have dared to spend the night by the Achaean ships? Nor would there have been any celebratory “sound of flutes and pipes”1 throughout the barbarian army. Warm bedding and camps are prepared when men go to war in winter: they do not have to campaign without shelter. Hector therefore would not have left the city where he was safely established and gone to station his army, unprotected, by the sea.

1. See below, chs. 76–79. 2. By “technical” in this context Heraclitus means “grammatical”; he gives a standard definition (cf. 193 Spengel; Lausberg 1998, sec. 895), and points out that the word itself displays its meaning (etumôs). 3. Frg. 54 Bergk = 105 West. 4. , Alcaeus. 5. Frg. Z2 Page = 326 Lobel and Page; see Page (1955, 185–89). The allegory was imitated by Horace, Carm. 14; see Nisbet and Hubbard (1970, 179–81). 6. Protrekhousês indicates that the image precedes the explanation rather than following it; cf.

13 for pathesin in this sense. 4. Resp. 398A. 5. Frg. 229 Usener; see ch. , Asmis (1995, 16–22). 6. Od. 32 (Zeus speaking). 7. For Epicurus’s plagiarism of Homer, see Sextus Empiricus Against the Grammarians (= Math. 1) 273 with David Blank (1997, 290). -Plutarch, Vit. heraclitus: 8 HOMERIC PROBLEMS e)ce/stai le/gein. 1 Nuniì d' a)nagkaiÍon iãswj mikra\ kaiì su/ntoma periì th=j a)llhgori¿aj texnologh=sai: sxedo\n ga\r au)to\ touÃnoma kaiì li¿an e)tu/mwj ei)rhme/non e)le/gxei th\n du/namin au)th=j.

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