pt. 1. The chain of becoming: The philosophical tale and the novel -- The chain of being, the chain of events, and the chain of becoming -- Self-assessment: two heads or one -- The rub of self-love -- pt. 2. The major philosophical tales: Gulliver's habits and prejudices -- The spirit of the Lettres persanes, and of enlightened characterization -- The generation and progress of Usbek's ideas in Lettres persanes -- Candide: structure and motivation -- Conflict, declamation,and self-assessment in Rasselas -- pt. 3. The philosophical tale, Jane Austen, and the novel: Self-assessment in Les Liaisons dangereuses and Northanger Abbey --"Delicious consciousness" in Persuasion, via Mansfield Park.