Temporal or historical (vis-à-vis geographical) parochialism

Dalrymple enjoys the story ‘Back to Back’ in W.W. Jacobs’ 1914 collection Night Watches, and is struck by its

modernity. Perhaps this is the wrong way to put it; Jacobs preceded us, so I should have been struck not by his modernity, but by our failure to have changed.

There is, says Dalrymple,

a parochialism in time as well as in geographical location, all the more insidious for being the harder to recognise.

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