Would he think it acceptable to cut it from a reprint of the novel before publication? Would he launder Shakespeare clean of anti-Semitism in case attitudes to Jews in 16th-century Venice might be seen as offensive now?
The attempt to manipulate our sympathies, rather than give us credit for pondering the context of the novel's events, is unwarranted. I thought Davies was adapting Thackeray, not rewriting him.
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