Style has three kinds of excellence, correctness, lucidity and elegance (for many include the
all-important quality of appropriateness under the
heading of elegance). Its faults are likewise threefold, namely the opposites of these excellences. The
teacher of literature therefore must study the rules
for correctness of speech, these constituting the
first part of his art.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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