Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

Thackeray resented the idea of denouement. He compared it with the residue of tea on the bottom of a cup; it's too sugary. It's obvious to the reader that it is a condensation of unresolved conflicts.

To humor himself, Thackeray wanted his footman to write the ending for him, after he was done cleaning his boots and dress.

So then it appears that denouements are based on the premise that they don't really exist.

This entire thread---this dying thread, is the road of a plot that has been abandoned.
---Victor Shklovsky, Energy of Delusion: A Book on Plot

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