Observe, if you will, the first sentence.
And the second, for that matter.
Tara had a couple of rather persnickety English teachers during her high school career who would candidly point out to me Tara’s seeming inability to write a simple sentence, for she would use commas and semi-colons and colons to make her point without taking a breath and the ‘period,’ as it were, was a rare find in her one-page essays, causing me no shortage of embarrassment, I assure you, for I knew she had inherited this English-teacher-frustrating trait from none-other than her beloved mother, that being me, it so happens; and so, while I wanted her to do well and excel in writing and possess a great mastery of the language arts, I also understood, while said teachers obviously did not, that Tara is a master communicator, well able to make not only her point, but to make it in such an interesting way that an overuse of the period-as-punctuation is not necessary, but rather over-used in our short-attention-spanned society. Sad. Very sad, indeed.
The period-punctuation gives people too many opportunities to escape my words. I am most likely not finished. So don’t try getting away.
The book is inscribed inside as having been owned by one Mr. Harry Story of Great Falls and is dated 5/13/12 – almost exactly 98 years ago! Image on the right has in quotes: “Is it because we are merely attractive that you mentioned the relationship?” *smile…
The book page pictured (top) is Japonette (c) 1912, by Robert W. Chambers [1865-1933]. I feel a strong affinity toward his sentence style. I don’t think. we. need. as. many. periods. as. they. tell. us. I say let’s make people stay in there until the point emerges! Yes. I do. Especially since sometimes, yes, I wander and the point may seem way down the road. It is coming. Wait for it. I will make it. I promise. Eventually. But not too soon.
N O T E :By the way? Tara was an A student in English. No worries. And when she writes? She writes well. I think it was the one year I homeschooled her. Yes. I believe I will. Take the credit. For the lack of periods. And how good. She is. Period.
“Presently she caught his eye and made him a pretty gesture.”
“‘I wonder just how innocent we really are,’ she said.”
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: I actually bought it at a used book store in Montana because it was illustrated by none other than Charles Dana Gibson [1867-1944] himself, the great “Gibson-girl” illustrator, whose glorious images of curvaceous, bold women with nonchalantly up-swept yet-tumbling-tendriled hair, make me glad to be womanly.