Exercises in Style - Section 3 Summary & Analysis

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Section 3 Summary

Quotes are taken from the final few lines of each variation of the basic story.

Surprises. In this variation, every sentence ends with an exclamation marks, as if every event or description was a great surprise "Two hours after, guess whom I met ...! The same fancy pants! Being given some sartorial advice! By a friend! You'd never believe it!"

Dream. The language of this exercise is poetic and mysterious, evoking the experience of recounting a dream in which the details are both vivid and somewhat unusual (see "Quotes", p. 27).

Prognostication. The style here is that of someone's fortune being told. "You will see [the young man] a little later ... in front of the gare Saint-Lazare. A friend will be with him and you will hear these words: 'your overcoat doesn't do up properly; you must have another button put on it'" (Prognostication, pp...

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