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The political issue between aristocracy and democracy is enacted as an emblematic tableau

Harry Levin in The Power of Blackness views the rift between scornful Lady Eleanore and the people she overlooks as a political metaphor. (courtesy of Random House/Knopf)

"In 'Lady Eleanore's Mantle', the political issue between aristocracy and democracy is enacted as an emblematic tableau, where the proud lady tramples upon her over-ardent admirer; a set of charades is deliberately acted out, as she refuses the cup of communion with human sympathies, wraps the red mantle of pride around her, and suffers the poetic justice of the contagion it spreads" (51).



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