►Realism sets itself at work
to consider characters and events which are apparently the
most ordinary anduninteresting, in order
to extract from these their full value and true meaning. In short,
we thought nothing worth of notice, it shows everythingto be rife with significance.
George Parsons Lathrop, 'The Novel and its Future," Atlantic
Monthly 34 (September 1874): 313‑24.