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