Taylor, your comment that some find classic novels irrelevant in our current time got me to thinking. I have a relative who spurns all novels as "just fiction - not real". On the other hand, I subscribe to the essence of a quote I found somewhere that goes something like, "The novel is the great lie that tells the great truth". I think that with some honest circumspection we can learn a lot about ourselves from the characters in novels both current and classic, such as Thorton Wilder's, "The Bridge of San Louis Rey", or Evelyn Waugh's, "Put Out More Flags", both recent reads. The latter was especially engaging to me and I could find bits of myself in even the evilest character!