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The more foolish, the more self-condemnatory the proposal, the harder she attacks critics.
Introspective and both self-condemnatory and self-congratulatory, the protagonist's thoughts are portrayed with a vividness showing not only a man's fall from greatness but also the beauty and power of speed.
The rhetorical and logical force of polemical argument suits Chudleigh well, and she is adept at manipulating the dialogue form so that her male characters' cursory judgements of women become self-condemnatory.
Giving the words the accent of other genres, Teresa subdues and manipulates this self-condemnatory voice in her Life - described as "dialogized heteroglossia" (12) - creating "an eclectic work that defies easy identification with respect to genre" (11).