Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cribbing quotes from Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is a good source of sentences like this:
He came within an eye blink of [falling asleep] under the soothing splash of the warm water.
So I am busy for an hour or so analyzing this as an example of truisms and facts and eventually I conclude that we are left at the end of the sentence with a character that did not go sleep. So what does happen to him? I just went to look and am relieved to see he gets to go to sleep by the end of the paragraph. Nice job Cussler! 
It is like naming your mice in a biology experiment (or maybe naming your cows) when you go from analyzing the sentence back to reading the book.
Joking aside, it is reassuring that the paragraph restores a kind of algebraic equilibrium (more on this later).

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