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18 I do not want to say that no-one except a trained historian or social scientist is entitled to have an opinion about the past or the social present - though I would, I think, have a fair case if 'commit to print as scholarship' were substituted for 'have'. But the kind of circularity Gross observes is a perpetual risk - or invitation - to the historical-realist critic who lacks the professional historian's wel1informed modesty about the knowableness of the past but possesses the literary critic's flair for assimilating a complex text to a less complex thesis.
In the second place, in any work of realist or naturalist fiction, narrative and description which would be valid if offered as an account of the primary world are intermingled with, and structurally inseparable from, narrative and description of a 'purely' fictional kind - that is, concerned with the doings of characters who, however socially or psychologically typical, are nonetheless required to experience individual and contingent lives of their own. In the Austerlitz and Borodino episodes of War and Peace, for example, the novelist's wish, or obligation, to preserve and elaborate the characterisation of Prince Andrei, Pierre, Boris and other dramatis personae entails a selectiveness of viewpoint, a pointing of mood, a calculated sequence of incident, which cannot but impair the translatability of these chapters into primary 30 Art and Desire historical accounts.
An author mayor may not believe that what his work affirms about its secondary world is also true of the primary one but it would surely be unreasonable of him to expect that its primary truth should be publicly accepted on the strength of his fictional representation, in view of the fact that he might just as easily (except from the point of view of motivation) have composed a fiction representing the opposite. Finally, in this section, let me offer some conjectural explanations of the obscurity which has gathered around the relation between literature and reality.