fact, if we break up and disarrange any sentence
that may have struck us as vigorous, charming or
elegant, we shall find that all its force, attraction
and grace have disappeared. Cicero in his Orator
breaks up some of his own utterances in this way:
“Neque me divitiae movent, quibus omnes Africanos et
Laelios multi venalicii mercatoresque superarunt.
the order but a little so that it will run multi superarunt mercatores venaliciique,
and so on. Disarrange
these periods in such a manner, and you will find
that the shafts you have hurled are broken or wide
of the mark.