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Aspects of Trevor’s England
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The various betrayals, manipulations and acts of cruelty that constitute the representative events of The Old Boys are typical of William Trevor's England. Due to the juxtaposition of his personal history with elements of the English national story, Hilditch becomes the most striking embodiment of the complex moral imbalances that the precarious fate of the person in Trevor's England connote. As Elizabeth Alone and Other People's Worlds suggest, an important aspect of Trevor's English novels of recovery and reintegration is the emergence of female protagonists. As Trevor's oeuvre evolves, the drama of reconciliation becomes at once more subtle and more pressing, lending to his later English novels a distinct, though typically understated, moral tone. Though the pilgrimages to recuperation that supply the narrative pattern to the majority of Trevor's later English novels is an important means of animating the moral landscape, its consequences are only attested to implicitly and provisionally.

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