No Sweat

01 Feb

Classic Word of the Dayperspicacity – n.  discernment, shrewd mental understanding

Classical Usage:  After Mr. Touchett gives his niece a large inheritance, discussion begins in Chapter XXI about how she will handle her sudden richness.  Madame Merle had predicted to Mrs Touchett that after their young friend had put her hand into her pocket half a dozen times she would be reconciled to the idea that it had been filled by a munificent uncle; and the event justified, as it had so often justified before, the lady’s perspicacity.  In other word’s:  Madame Merle was right?

Classically Mad Usage:  Getting through this novel, and dissecting James’ complex sentences and never-ending paragraphing requires a great deal of perspicacity.  I’m not sure I’ve got it.

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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