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A Good Lack in a Landscape.

From Eudora Welty’s “Worn Path“:

It was December — a bright frozen day in the early morning.


This morning, I’m looking at the beginning sentence of “A Worn Path” because of its lack of specificity (in O’Connor-speak, its mysteries and manners). Note how the only specific elements mentioned are that it’s December, and it’s morning. Elements that aren’t given:

  • The specific time or day,
  • The specific December,
  • The specific setting,
  • How early is “early”,
  • How bright is “bright”,
  • How frozen it was.

And yet, from these lack of elements, we are able to draw our own picture. Also note the curious backtracking of order: Continue reading

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