"...his theory that nice things are nicer than nasty ones."

Both Lucky Jim and Kingsley Amis were often evoked in service of, or mentioned in association with, a shifting, or even revolutionary, atmosphere in England after World War II. Quotations such as the one above, however, reveal the underlying fidelity to stasis and simplicity in Dixon's philosophy. Dixon knows what he likes and what he doesn't like, and his problem is learning to act on those instincts, not to re-evaluating them. This particular quotation is also indicative of the final comic justice at the end of the novel, whereby the characters are rewarded for doing what they want.