Since Pratik hasn't read it, I'll give you my opinion.
I think quite a bit of the fiction of the early 19th to early 20th century,
was true to the politics and sentiment of popular feeling.
It was a time of empire building, the industrial revolution, public
education for the middle class, a period of increased access and interest
in literature by social classes other than just the wealthy and
successful. We end up with romantic, swashbuckling adventures, sometimes
tragic, but usually heroic. Authors such as: Dumas, Verne, Scott,
Stevenson, Sabatini, McCulley, Orczy, Cooper, Wells, Kipling, etc.
I'd venture to say that literature moved from moral, spiritual building, to
escapism, leisure reading.
At 08:24 PM 2/11/2005, you wrote:
Maybe Pratik is a realist and not a romantic (smile).
Pratik, what do you think of The Scarlet Pimpernel, or
have you not read or seen it?