But they acquire greater force by a change in the figure employed, as in the following:
The miser lacks
That which he has no less than what he has
not.Publil. Syr. Sent. 486.
For this is more vigorous than the simple statement, “Death is not bitter.” A similar effect may be produced by transference of' the statement from the general to the particular. For example, although the direct statement would be, “To hurt is easy, but to do good is hard.” Ovid1 gives this reflexion increased force when lie makes Medea say,
Is it so bitter, then, to die?Aen. xii. 646.
“I had the power to save, and ask you then
If I have power to ruin?