(urth) TWK: Able's Prose Style

Mike Sakasegawa saxon75 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 6 11:43:28 PST 2005

Contractions are a perfectly legitimate grammatical construction, and
given the first person perspective and the characterization evident in
the narration, it struck me as odd that there were no contractions to
be found.  Since it stood out to me so much in TWK, I feel like I
would have noticed if they had also been absent from the other Wolfe
works that I've read, but I don't recall that being the case.  I'll
investigate further when I get the chance.


On 11/5/05, Bob Miller wrote:
> That comment about the lack of contractions is probably apropos now, MIke.  All it really means is that GEne Wolfe is not an incompetent writer or does not deliberately use bad grammar.  <chuckle>  I well remember being dropped from an A to a C in an inclass essay because I used a couple contractions.  My ego still smarts from the ruler to it.
> Bob

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