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“The world of sultanas, he informed Von Igelfeld, was full of intrigue, and he revealed a few of the jucier details over the soup.”
“Von Igelfed sipped on his drink, a cold glass of beer, noticing with satisfaction that the label on the bottle said "Brewed in Belgium". That must be safe; there was nothing threatening about Belgium. Ineffably dull, perhaps; but not threatening.”
The crudities of the modern world were simplifying or even destroying linguistic subtleties. Irregular verbs were becoming regular, the imperfect subjunctive was becoming the present subjunctive or, more frequently, disappearing altogether. Where previously there might have been four adjectives to describe a favoured hill, or the scent of new-mown hay, or the action of threading the warp of a loom, now there would only be one, or none. And as we lost the words, von Igelfeld thought, we lost the texture of the world that went with them.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
One does not have to answer; but inevitably does. Yet, why should one have to answer: was there anything intrinsically wrong about ignoring somebody who said something to you if you hadn’t asked them to say something in the first place? Von Igelfeld wondered what view Immanuel Kant had expressed on this subject. Would Kant have thrownHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
then, and here was the crucial di ference, he would not have worried about it. Or would he?Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
He would do everything in his power to stop the process of linguistic debasement,Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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