Quote/word of the week

‘The human face is truly like that of a god in some Oriental theogony, a whole cluster of faces side by side, but on different planes and never all visible at once.’  Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time

WORD OF THE WEEK: Anacoluthon, (1856)  A want of grammatical sequence, the passing to a new syntactical construction before the original one is completed.  

I fear that like Proust’s  Albertine I am inclined to anacoluthons, although I hope not to lies.

‘The cruelty was turned on me. Not as a refinement of style, but to cover her  (Albertine) careless lies she used unexpected leaps of syntax which resembled what grammarians refer to as anacoluthon, or something like that…I wished I could remember the beginning of her  sentence so as to decide myself when she shifted ground what the ending would have been. But as I had been listening for the end I could hardly remember the beginning…’  Marcel Proust:  The Prisoner And The Fugitive



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