Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Adventures in Leaving the First Paragraph Out

Take the hare, for instance. This example exemplifies exactly what I've been trying to explain. Not the rabbit. The rabbit doesn't work. The hare, though--think about it. I thought of the Air Force (as opposed to the Marines), but then I realized--as you probably did--that it doesn't quite work. The hare is lyrical, but the Air Force is spherical. It is qualitatively different. Twenty thousand Air Forces wouldn't equal one hare; nor would twenty million. It's in the hare's gait, whereas the Air Force does not have a gait. (An Air Force base has a gate, but not a gait.)