By Frances Burney
An early instance of the unconventional of manners, Camilla follows the wedding fortunes of the Tyrold sisters--Camilla, Lavinia and Eugenia--and their cousin Indiana. At a time whilst manners haven't just a social importance, yet are inspiration to additionally point out ethical personality, misunderstandings and the ill-informed judgments of others pose critical hindrances to the longer term happiness of those younger women.
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The drawback of this explanation is that it reduces its human subjects to automata driven by the single passion of self-interest – which conforms neither to Smith’s hypothesis nor to his observations. Smith was interested in creating a moral defence of economics in the name of liberty, not in declaring that God had intended for humans to be selfish. e. historical) process (WN I, 25), which calls into question the notion of a divine order present since the beginning of time, and even implies that some day the order created by the invisible hand might come to an end.
This might be a useful moment to remind the reader, however, that one of my larger arguments in this study is that invisible hand social theory is not just an economic idea, and that we should not limit its possible meanings to those emphasized by Smith or his economic followers. In later chapters I will explore how the idea of a morally enriched space unfolding over time in ironic and unpredictable ways was adopted and elaborated in realist novels, as well as in economic theories that seem to have little to do with Smith.
In this chapter I would like to focus on the dream of social visibility offered by Smith’s economic theory, which is the first systemic overview of the economic revolution that accompanied industrialism in Britain. But just as a landscape may be coherent from one point of view and confusing from another, this overview is dependent on the construction of a distinct social vantage point. indd 21 3/17/2011 10:24:59 AM 22 The ‘Invisible Hand’ and British Fiction, 1818–1860 is a figure of leisure, like the disinterested gentleman, but unlike him he has no distinct political power.