In this essay, Bernard Cracroft discuss Jane
Eyre, Vanity Fair,
and The Newcomes. His interests
are moral and social, in contrast to Burne-Jones’s aesthetic focus in
his essay on Thackeray in the January issue.
This essay is an example of the inconsistent printing of The Oxford and
Cambridge Magazine. Most essays continue quotation marks down the
left side of the column for long quotes. This is done with some of the
quotes in this essay, but not all. The excerpt from Jane
Eyre that runs from page 329 to page 330 does not have
quotation marks down the left margin, but the following quotation, from Vanity Fair, has quotation marks
to the left of every line. Some quotes in this essay are also printed in
smaller type than others, a common practice in the Magazine for poetry
quotations, but unusual for prose.
First printed in
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
, June, 1856.