This class of figure may be employed under three conditions: first, if it is unsafe
to speak openly; secondly, if it is unseemly to speak
openly; and thirdly, when it is employed solely
with a view to the elegance of what we say, and
gives greater pleasure by reason of the novelty and
variety thus introduced than if our meaning had
been expressed in straightforward language.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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