Sunday, August 16, 2009

Agere sequitur esse ...

... Intransitive Verbs - How Ian Fleming Uses Them in His Novel Doctor No. (Hat tip, Paul Davis.)


  1. His verbs may be instransitive, but his English is frequently insensitive. Among the howlers in "Casino Royale" are these:
    “As a woman, he wanted to sleep with her,” Fleming writes, dangling his modifier. And, “‘Shtop,’ had said the voice, quietly,” which a backward manner of writing is.

  2. I'm surprised his editor didn't catch the first. The second might be arguable, depending on context (I haven't read the book). At least I can imagine that it might work under certain circumstances.