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To some critics, Nicola in London Fields appears to be the weakest of the characters. Do you agree or disagree?

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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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