Saturday, March 29, 2008

When Bad Grammar is Sublime

"Dorothea's faith supplied all that Mr Casaubon's words seemed to leave unsaid: what believer sees a disturbing omission or infelicity? The text, whether of prophet or of poet, expands for whatever we can put into it, and even his bad grammar is sublime." - George Eliot, Middlemarch (Penguin Classics), 50.

(Middlemarch is currently at the top of my "to read" list, thanks to t.'s repeated recommendations, so Inspiration and Incarnation may have to wait awhile.)

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