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Infelicitous Prose

At one point in Chapter 21 of Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë expresses a good idea using unfortunately clunky vocabulary:

... Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.

"Deglutition"? The concept is good --- and is reminiscent of "If you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no brains" (however true or false that may be!) --- but Brontë's choice of words is sadly distracting.

^z - 2008-02-21

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