The landscape, like language, calculably
structures reality instead of merely "being." Thus Laura, "tired," "stumbl[ing]," "walk[ing] slowly," and bitter (141-43), is involved in more than an agon with Titus; she struggles against a field of forms designed to subject her bodily to their purposes.
Spencer's notion of the multiplicity of effects from a given cause is already a step away from the calculably
predictable world of classic determinism, just as his positive agnosticism takes him beyond the epistemological strictures of both the Idealist and Positivist currents of nineteenth-century thought.