In contrast to the opening of The Egoist, which promises ‘human nature in the drawing-room of civilized men and women, where we have no dust of the struggling outer world’, One of Our Conquerors opens with five chapters set in the streets of London, and its first sentence deposits its hero literally in the mud of the pavement on London Bridge.
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