Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fifteen Sunday Salon: 19.47

Just reading a little Chekhov before finishing (as prescribed by Francine Prose). The first story in this collection is THE CHAMELEON. It's an amusing tale: a dog bites a man then a policeman is summoned. Then, for the rest of the story, the policeman blames either the man or the dog - his opinion depending on his changing perception of the importance of the dog's owner. It is a satirical and accurate depiction of the squirming nature of all politicians everywhere.

Style Tip:
Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list. an appositive, an amplification or an illustrative quotation.
e. g. Chekhov seems to have been a compulsive short story writer: there are thirty six in this anthology alone.

New Word:
colophon = publisher's symbol or imprint - especially on the spine or title page.


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