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In Dialogues Hume explores the question 'What can we infer about the nature of God using reason?' using a dialogue between three characters. All believe in the existence of God but disagree on his nature and relationship with mankind. These issues and augments are still at the centre of debate and conflict today. For example, Hume explores the issue of an Intelligent Designer and the argument from design that is convulsing the US school system.
Evelina, the title character, is the unacknowledged daughter of a dissipated English aristocrat. She is raised in seclusion and when she grows into a beautiful and intelligent young woman she travels to London to be introduced into society. The novel then follows her growth through a series of sometimes harrowing episodes. Some critics see the novel as autobiographical. Burney originally published the work anonymously in 1778 and only acknowledged authorship when the book became wildly successful.
Young, beautiful, proud and independent, Bathsheba Everdene moves to rural England to live with her aunt and uncle. A young and loyal shepherd, an older gentleman farmer and a dashing Sergeant all vie for her affections. But changes in fortune and circumstances as much as her own pride and independence, thwart her efforts to find true love and happiness. Thomas Hardy is well known for both his sensational story telling and evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes for good reason.
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