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March 28, 2007

It's All in the Past

It must be something connected with history like they were always having. He had no use for any of it. What happened then wasn't anything to a man living now and he was living now.
O'Connor (Choose One of Three) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 26, 2007

Ultimate Sacrifice

What the Misfit fears is the mystery of love, the demands of love which the grandmother mysteriously responded to when faced with the criminal's suffering, and her own impending death.

Desmond, ''Flannery O'Connor's Misfit and the Mystery of Evil.'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 25, 2007

A Lie Foreshadowed

"Lady," he said, "people don't care how they lie. Maybe the best I can tell you is, I'm a man; but listen lady," he said and paused and made his tone more ominous still, "what is a man?"

O'Connor, ''The Life You Save May Be Your Own'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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Could He Have Known?

It was natural when you took on some weight to take it on in the middle and Bill Hill didn't mind her being fat, he was just more happy and didn't know why.
O'Connor, ''A Stroke of Good Fortune'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 21, 2007

Extinction

In the old days, we used to ask the following question a lot: "One word? Two words? Hyphenated?" With astonishing speed, the third alternative is just disappearing, and I have heard that people with double-barrelled names are simply unable to get the concept across these days, because so few people on the other end of a telephone know what the hyphen is.

Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 19, 2007

What Goes UP Must Come Down

Assuming a sentence rises into the air with the initial capital letter and lands with a soft-ish bump at the full stop, the humble comma can keep the sentence aloft all right, like this, UP, for hours if necessary, UP, like this, UP, sort-of bouncing, and then falling down, and then UP it goes again, assuming you have enough additional things to say, although in the end you may run out of ideas and then you have to roll along the ground with no commas at all until some sort of surface resistance takes over and you run out of steam anyway and then eventually with the help of three dots ... you stop.

Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 18, 2007

How True

To be fair, many people who couldn't punctuate their way out of a paper bag are still interested in the way punctuation can alter the sense of a string of words.

Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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March 11, 2007

Now This is Something I Understand

A refrain is a word, a phrase, a line, or a group of lines repeated at intervals in a poem.
Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (226-246) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

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