Being a man given to oratory and high principles, he enjoyed the sound of his own vocabulary and the warmth of his own virtue.
Spot on. ‘nough said.
Wow, nice little twist at the end. This is characterization!
Still more, this is irony. A good orator is not hypnotized by the sound of his own voice: he pays his chief attention to the response of his audience. A real man of principle does not bask in his own virtue: he is aware that his principles are very much higher than his practice, and labours daily, and often hopelessly, to try to live up to them.
What Lewis describes here is a contemptible little man who thinks himself possessed of capacities he does not actually have, and remains so secure and self-possessed in his conceit that he never stirs beyond it to regions where he might be exposed to the truth. And Lewis has done it with the maximum of economy. It’s a beautiful technique — showing the character from his own point of view, without a single word of authorial intrusion, and yet showing that his point of view is a lie.
Exactly – totally agree. Very skilled writing.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.
Passive Guy is a lawyer, but nothing on this blog is legal advice. Passive Guy's professional website is HERE
When you want to shop on Amazon, if you click THIS LINK, Amazon will pay Passive Guy a small affiliate commission on any of your purchases.
You pay exactly the same price as you would if you went to Amazon directly.
Passive Guy doesn't want to send you on a guilt trip with the Donate button.
Don't click the button unless it makes you happy.
CLICK HERE to order in different colors and styles and see many more snarky t-shirts.