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[70] It is important, too, that the figure should [p. 419] not depend on ambiguous collocations of words (a trick which is far more foolish than the last); an example of this is to be found in the controversial theme, where a father, accused of a criminal passion for his unmarried daughter, asks her for the name of her ravisher. “Who dishonoured you?” he says. She replies: “My father, do you not know?”1

1 The sense of the words depends on the punctuation, according as we place a full-stop or a comma after My father.

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