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107–22; pp. 107–8. E. Elliot-Binns claims that Worboise’s work helped significantly to make the fusion of religion and fiction acceptable for Evangelicals, some of whom were still hostile to this development; see Religion in the Victorian Era (London: Lutterworth Press, 1936), p. 334.  The Religion of the Heart, p. 244. Christianity, Gender and the Public Sphere 21 regularly reviewed in the Athenaeum and the Academy. 10 For Worboise did not only reflect the tastes of her readers, but sought to form their values.

The Art of Literary Biography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), pp. 57–72; p. 59. 33 Frances Power Cobbe, ‘The Morals of Literature’, Fraser’s Magazine 70 (July 1864): 124–33; p. 126. , 1859), p. 2. Subsequent references to the biography will be incorporated within the text. 35 Norman, p. 11; see also Norman Vance, The Sinews of the Spirit: The Ideal of Christian Manliness in Victorian Literature and Religious Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), p. 70. 36 Qtd in Norman, p. 11.

This is a model which Worboise very much anticipates in her portrayal of Arnold’s life, and in her fiction that follows, in which women become bold and men moralistic. Worboise presents Arnold’s achievements in terms of just this sort of courage, expressed in a spiritual battle with the opinions of his age, a lone voice following conscience in the face of widespread opposition and unpopularity. She repeatedly describes Arnold’s activities as ‘warfare’, engaged wholeheartedly against the apathy and tradition which limit the reformative powers of Christianity.

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