"The Ordinary Rules of the Pavé": Urban Spaces in Scott's Fortunes of Nigel
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When Sir Walter Scott turns his full attention to urban spaces-most often Edinburgh, but especially, in The Fortunes of Nigel, Jacobean London-we can see his specifically spatial imagination at work as much or more than his more celebrated ability to describe places. Scott's fascination with borders and thresholds manifests itself in the discontinuities and dyssymmetries of his urban social spaces. At times, Scott historicizes space more fully in the collapsed, hybrid space of his urban scenes than even in his more highly varnished Scottish landscapes.
Drake, George A. "'The Ordinary Rules of the Pavé': Urban Spaces in Scott's Fortunes of Nigel." Studies in the Novel, vol. 33, no. 4, Winter 2001, pp. 416-429. https://www.jstor.org/stable/29533471
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