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By W. Somerset Maugham

Cakes and Ale is a scrumptious satire of London literary society among the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered while he's chosen by means of Edward Driffield's spouse to pen the legitimate biography of her lionized novelist husband, and decided to jot down a bestseller. yet then Kear discovers the good novelist's voluptuous muse (and not going first wife), Rosie. The vigorous, loving heroine as soon as gave Driffield adequate fabric to final a life-time, yet now her reminiscence casts an embarrassing shadow over his profession and good snapshot. clever, witty, deeply gratifying, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his most sensible.

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Yet A Tale shares many features with the more straightforward Discourse that preceded it. Each proceeds by analogy to link distinguishable realms – the personal and the political, quotidian experience and affairs of state, national events and international, and (in A Tale) religion with learning. Although Swift’s allegiance to the Crown-in-Parliament marks a decisive step from imagining political loyalties as purely personal, each work assumes an intimate connection between affairs of – 31 – 32 A Political Biography of Jonathan Swift state and the ordinary human passions, assumed to be universal, of political agents.

41 Initially a widespread and mixed expression of discontent, the uprising that began in October 1641 lived in Protestant memory as the ‘black legend’ of a deliberate, carefully orchestrated massacre of Protestants. In fact, there seems to have been little coherent leadership to discipline the rebels, and disease took a higher toll than outraged Catholics of the Protestants who fled to crowded refuges. Symbolic acts, too, horrified the refugees who flocked to the north or to England to plead for support: ejected Protestants were sometimes stripped of their clothes, churches were desecrated, and bodies were exhumed from cemeteries and further desecrated.

Symbolic acts, too, horrified the refugees who flocked to the north or to England to plead for support: ejected Protestants were sometimes stripped of their clothes, churches were desecrated, and bodies were exhumed from cemeteries and further desecrated. 42 Swift had direct connections with not only communal memories of this rebellion but with a principal mythologist of it, his patron’s father, Sir John Temple. 44 Temple’s immediate task was to fan the flames of Protestant retaliation, a retaliation that was delayed by political events in England but all the more savage when it came.

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