Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Word master …

 …  Dostoevsky’s idiom. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… Dostoevsky owes much of his verbal virtuosity to intuition rather than deliberate strategy. In every case, his word choice, however bizarre it first appears, makes the most accurate and meaningful response to the momentary situation created by the plot or a character’s immediate experience. 

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