Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sentence 4

"Well, he looked so good-humored and jolly that it didn't seem half so hard to refuse him as it did Dr. Seward, so I said, as lightly as I could, that I did not know anything of hitching, and that I wasn't broken to harness at all yet." from Dracula by Bram Stoker

Stoker inserts a dependent clause into the speech of Lucy Wisternia. She is denying an American proposing to her. He often speaks in exaggerated cowboy slang to entertain her. This is a pun denying him marriage and poking fun of a horse handler.

My example: I told him I wasn't blessed with the ability to write to myself into any sort of commitment just yet. (a woman denying an author)

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