Ferdydurke - Chapter 11, Preface to The Child Runs Deep in Filibert Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11, Preface to The Child Runs Deep in Filibert Summary

The novel is interrupted again, for another preface and another story. The narrator states that symmetry requires it. Filidor must be balanced by Filibert, and the narrator must reveal the core truth of the novel. He says that the worst torment is bad form. Then, he lists a series of torments, including greenery, not-quite-development, being formed by others, psychological bias and wrenching, betrayal, analogy, symmetry, synthesis, analysis, infantilism, illusion, aspiring, poetry, being intelligent and non-intelligent, ugliness, beauty, toothache, and earache. There are torments and tortures for every part, and which is the primary one?

The narrator then relates his work to its origins, perhaps in regard to schoolboys and teachers, half-wits, advanced beings, literary critics, schoolgirls, dandies, the experienced, aunts, urban or country citizens, doctors, engineers, civil servants, lawyers, aristocrats, or...

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