[PW] Request help tracing Rebecca West quotation in 1928 Saturday Evening Post

brian whatcott betwys1 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 22 10:58:04 PDT 2015


ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> (1) There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There
>> are interesting monologues, that is all.
>>
>> (2) There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There
>> are intersecting monologues, that is all.

On 10/22/2015 8:05 AM, John Cowan responded in this way:
> On the principle of _lectior difficilior potior_ [*], I suspect that #1
> is textual corruption (even if it actually appeared in print), and that
> #2 is the authentic reading.  But of course this remains to be proved,
> if it ever can be.
>
There! It is settled then: the first reading is obfuscatory on its face
  while the second is instead, provocatively revealing.

Brian W


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