By Alfred Heubeck, Arie Hoekstra

ISBN-10: 0198721447

ISBN-13: 9780198721444

This moment quantity of a major three-volume observation compiled through a global workforce of students comprises certain discussions of diction within the Odyssey and the culture of epic diction regularly.

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With the note finished, Chant pocketed it and headed out into the darkness. Not a moment too soon. In the frosty quiet he heard the sound of an engine too suave to belong to a resident and peered over the parapet to see the men getting out the car below. He didn’t doubt that these were his visitors. The only vehicles he’d seen here so polished were hearses. He cursed himself. Fatigue had made him slothful, and now he’d let his enemies get dangerously close. He ducked down the back stairs-glad, for once, that there were so few lights working along the landings-as his visitors strode towards the front.

He shook his head. “I don’t know whether it’s a comedy or a satire or what the hell it is,” he said. ” The second half was even more of a grab-bag than the first, the suspicion growing in Jude as she watched that the parody and pastiche was a smokescreen put up to cover the creators’ embarrassment at their own sincerity. In the end, with Charlie Parker angels wailing on the stable roof and Santa crooning at the manger, the piece collapsed into high camp. But even that was oddly moving. The child was born.

He’d been quick to supply it, and she’d come into the comfort of his devotion with an ease that suggested his dreams of possession had been well founded. His memories of that triumph had, of course, been soured by her departure, and now it was he who wore the hungry, yearning look he’d first seen on Furie’s face. It suited him less well than it had Zacharias. His was not a head made for haunting. At fifty-six, he looked sixty or more, his features as solid as Gentle’s were spare, as pragmatic as Gentle’s were rarefied.

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