"Every Man's Judgement": Robertson Davies' Courtroom

Eileen Dombrowski, Theo Dombrowski


Robertson Davies frequently stresses the act of evaluation, both for its external and internal ramifications. He emphasises "every man's judgement upon himself," and with the trilogy of Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders, he gives this idea its fullest articulation, while simultaneously developing a conception of truth which makes any kind of judgement uncertain - a conception far removed from that supported by the ironic certainties of his earliest works.

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