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This year, next year (You may have counted wrong, count again, dear), Some day, never I'll be a good girl for ever and ever. The scene closes there without comment. Coral is one of the poor and young for whom Czinner has sacrificed himself, urging Hartep to stop protecting 'an old world which is full of injustice' and join the cause of the new, just one. This sort of optimism, in the 1930s, went uneasily with a fear among intellectuals that the popular culture had been permanently impoverished, or destroyed.
3 'A Catholic Novelist' An aphorism which might stand as an epigraph to the next phase of Greene's fiction occurs at the end of It's a Battlefield. The prison chaplain is talking to the Assistant Commissioner. The chaplain said, 'I can't stand human justice any more. Its arbitrariness. ' 'Perhaps. ' G. M. Young observes that 'aphorisms should be perfectly clear in form but with receding distances ofmeaning'. 68 The immediate background to this one is in the context. 'Perhaps' brings out the sense of wanting to resign: the believer's dissatisfaction with God's ways.
He put his hand in his pocket and pulled out a silver matchbox. ' He twisted it to show the Early Novels 45 engraved arms. 'I was really at Harrow, so it's no good to me. ' Kate's last word is a Socialist commonplace of the time; speaking as a business-woman, she says, 'We're all thieves'. The whole novel conveys her bitterness; Socialist readers will find that it still tells. She is unaware, which give ironic force to the idea that big business is inseparable from crime, that Anthony was murdered.