Chew and Swallow

23 Feb

deglutition –  n.  the act or process of swallowing

Classical Usuage:  After Eliza gives Georgiana quite a tongue-lashing Jane describes the cold relationship between the two oppositely disposed sisters, “Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”

Classically Mad Usage:  The above is an example of beautiful writing on Brontë’s part, I doubt my use of the word will come with such eloquence.  “Son, the chicken is no longer on your plate, but I fear it remains in the pocket of your cheek.  Please give the poultry the deglutition deserved.”

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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