From Poisoned Pens: Literary Invective from Amis to Zola, edited by Gary Dexter
"Again and again in Vanity Fair you see Thackeray approaching a difficulty whose solution will demand honesty and bravery, and you ask yourself: 'How is he going to get through this?' Well, he doesn't get through it. He curves away from it, or he stops dead. He is a coward."
From Arnold Bennett: The Evening Standard Years, ed. A. Mylett