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Style: The art of writing well by F. L. Lucas

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CHAPTER 2: The Foundation of Style – Character

MOST DISCUSSIONS OF style seem to me to begin at the wrong end; like an architect who should disregard foundations, and give his mind only to superstructure and decoration. They plunge into the tricks of the trade – the choice of words, the employment of epithets, the build of paragraphs. Yet here their rules seem often arbitrary, their precepts often capricious; and I grow as bored and rebellious as, I take it, Laertes did while listening to the injunctions of Polonius (even though some of the injunctions are excellent, and Laertes himself shared only too fully his father’s fondness for lecturing). I begin to damn all tricks of all trades; to forswear tricks of any sort; to wish I were away on ...

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