As we’ve discussed earlier, James isn’t a big fan of dropping his character’s names into every paragraph, or even page. Sometimes it seems he’s set himself a one-use-per-chapter rule. And while that can be mildly annoying/confusing it does allow for some entertainingly descriptive moments.
It was in virtue of this principle that he [Osmond] gave himself the entertainment of taking a fancy to a perpendicular Bostonian whom he had been depended upon to treat with coldness.
I plan to use this helpful adjective next time I’m asked to describe someone. You know, when asked who it was at church that we prayed for because he fell and broke his arm I’ll reply, “Oh, that formerly perpendicular man that sits on the front right side.”