Classical Usgae: At the beginning of Chapter XXI we catch up with Isabel after her jaunt around the world on which we were not invited. James is describing the room in which she waits for a visitor. The tall window was open, and though its green shutters were partly drawn the bright air of the garden had come in through a broad interstice and filled the room with warmth and perfume. A broad interstice? Isn’t that a little oxymoronic?
Classically Mad Usage: I’m looking forward to the interstice between The Portrait of a Lady and Huckleberry Finn. I hope I can sneak a fun book in there. It may need to be a “broad interstice.”