Wednesday, June 08, 2011

vivid figures of speech

I started listening to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea yesterday. Librivox has the F. P. Walter translation in its catalog. It's about 16 hours long.
"The philosopher Diderot has very aptly claimed that a man's bearing is the clue to his character, and this stocky little man was certainly a living proof of this claim. You could sense that his everyday conversation must have been packed with such vivid figures of speech as personification, symbolism, and misplaced modifiers. But I was never in a position to verify this because, around me, he used only an odd and utterly incomprehensible dialect" (somewhere in part I, chapter 8; emphasis mine).
Ah, I love that sentence.


  1. I just wanted to stop by and say HI! I know it's been forever since we've even I'm April by the way if you've forgotten. I recently (Feb) sort of re-joined the world of book blogging and don't plan on stopping for a long time. I'm happy to see so many of the "old group" with book blogs!! I don't really hang around bookcrossings that much anymore except to stop in once awhile.

    Anyway! just wanted to stop and say hi and glad to "see" you again! I'm going to follow your blog!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  2. Hiya, April! Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to your blog now.