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September 03, 2012

Thomas Hardy: Return to Egdon Heath.


The most thorough-going ascetic could feel that he had a natural right to wander on Egdon [Heath]--he was keeping within the line of legitimate indulgence when he laid himself open to influences such as these. Colours and beauties so far subdued were, at least, the birthright of all.

--Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878, from Book First, "Three Women".


Posted by JD Hull at September 3, 2012 11:59 PM


You're spot-on about McElhaney's prose. It reveals the mind of a crystal clear thinker. There is a great trial lawyer, now-retired, with whom I had the pleasure to work for a short period. His major premise was to distill an opening statement/closing argument into five crisp points that the jury could both understand and appreciate. Basically the opposite of clutter.

Posted by: Alex Craigie (At Counsel Table) at September 6, 2012 12:13 AM

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