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And the government inspector's meant to look to all that but there's a woman comes to our place mostly and what can she know about it. And there ain't a girl in the whole factory. ' 'That's right' she said 'don't get into argument with that sort ... 248) The Eameses' self-sufficiency is a conscious attitude which they adopt to make possible the growth of the garden. Even ifthe Eameses' values answer to the ideal communicated in Living, this does not imply that Green advocates escape into private seclusion and avoidance of social responsibility.

Green's aim here is not to create a poignant moment of lyrical intensity. 1t depicts a natural beauty which cannot be thoroughly appreciated because of an intervening mood. This condition accounts for the pictorial rather than dynamic quality of the passage. Yet the omission of articles together with short, broken sentences give most words a heavy stress, like filmic elose-ups, thereby intensifying the vitality of spring and the values of the moment. In contrast, the last sentence runs on monotonously.

53 I t is interesting that Green uses terms taken from film production to suggest analogies between his own narrative method and painting, as weH as filmic art. This statement is comparable to Eisenstein's idea that the juxtaposition of two filmic images creates a third image which is qualitatively different from the content of either independent image or their sumo In order to be incorporated into a useful methodology for the examination Introduction 27 of Green's fiction, however, Eisenstein's ideas reqmre further investigation.

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