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To this day, babies are still named after Ann Veronica in honour of her cheerful rebellion against narrow-mindedness. Hardly had the dust settled after this controversy than he published The New Machiavelli (1911), which hammered home the same points from a slightly different angle. In the closing sections of this novel he elaborated his attack on the accepted sexual morality into a vigorous criticism of the entire code. This was followed by The Passionate Friends (1913) which continued the attack in even more unmistakable terms.
But his knowledge of industrial organisation and trade unionism was slight. By his own definition he was an aristocrat, not a democrat, and he had no hope of any constructive initiatives from the common man. Consistently throughout his writings recurs his dream of mankind being salvaged by a creative minority of leading men and women-'the vast complex of powerful people, clever people, enterprising people, influential people, amidst whom power is diffused today'Y It has been said of him that he wanted to see the whole world become one gigantic middle class, and it is certainly true that there was little room in his planetary Utopias for the purely manual worker.
Short story, first published in the Strand Magazine, October 1898, and reprinted in TD. A schoolmaster MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES. 48 An H G. Wells Companion burgles a house whilst on vacation, and becomes involved in a strange adventure. MR. MARSHALL'S DOPPELGANGER. Short story, first published in Gentlewoman, August 1897. Not included in CSS. The credulous vicar of Sussexville sees what is apparently the doppelganger (double) of Marshall, one of the villagers: but the real explanation is rather more mundane.
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