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Out of these prototypical polarities develops a more generalized and earthy ambivalence. The Jewess as virgin temptress begins to represent the THE TRADITION OF THE STAGE JEW 23 desire for mutually exclusive goals of which the most intriguing is the longing to possess while preserving the desired object intact. That is quite literally the image we see both in Ivanhoe and in Claude's Wife. In both works, marriages which are made to look irresistible if not inevitable do not, in fact, materialize.

P. Herbert's The Book of JOllah (As aill/ost 01/l1 lIlodem Iris/lIIuli/ would /UJ

C" Max Beerbohm, who hated the play, loved what it had to say: "Here,. surely, we have the makings of a most fascinating conflict-the conflict of youth and passion with the patriarchal idea; the old theme of father THE TRADITION OF THE STAGE JEW 27 against son, intensified and made more poignant by the fact that it is a Jewish son against a Jewish father. "H(J By contrast, Emile Faguet wrote that in Paris, The Ghetto ... not only interested, but captivated and gripped the public. It is the victory of youth and love over the old racial and religious hatreds, something like a Romeo and Juliet that ends well.

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