To some critics, Nicola in London Fields appears to be the weakest of the characters. Do you agree or disagree?
It is clearly possible to take both of these views. In one sense, Nicola exists less as an independent character and more as a carefully constructed male fantasy, embodying mysterious desire and erotic sensibility. Note how Nicola is described early on in the novel:
Her mouth was full, and unusually wide. Her mother had always said it was a whore's mouth. It seemed to have an extra half-inch on either wing, like the mouth of a clowngirl in pornography... Nicola's face was always dark, and her teeth had a shadowy lustre, slanting inwards, as if to balance the breadth of the lips, or just the the suction of the...
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