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How does Hartley use the setting of the novelThe Go Between in terms of time as a fitting backdop for Leos storyHartley chose to set his story in the year 1900 This is important as Hartley wants to convey the idea at the beginning of the novel that Leo believes himself to be living in a year of great promise and to be witnessing the dawn of a Golden Age The novel is concerned with Leos youthful idealism and ultimately his disillusionment The choice of a new century and particularly the twentieth century provides an ideal setting for Leos story To begin with while Leo is still at boarding school his fantasies about being on the brink of a golden age seem to bear no relation to his real experience as a schoolboy He is content to keep his imaginary world and his real life separate However when Leo is invited to Brandham Hall it is as if he is to experience the coming of the golden age after all When he is given a summer suit which enables him to enjoy hot sunny weather he perceives the expenditure on his new outfit as god-like p50 We are told that it belonged to another ampler phase of being than the one I was accustomed to Earlier on p19 we are told that Leo views the people at Brandham Hall as the incarnated glory of the twentieth century Whereas at boarding school Leos fantasies had relied on comtemplation of the Zodiac signs in his diary as a means of giving him a glimpse into the celestial world now her feels as if he is truly inhabiting the world of gods and goddesses When Lord Trimingham calls Leo Mercury this serves as confirmation that Leo is in a celestial world He is no mere errand boy but a messenger of the gods Marions beauty and generosity give her the stature of a goddess while the glory of
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