amphibology

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an ambiguous grammatical construction

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Yet, though now all was plainly revealed, so near to eye I could examine the very texture of her flesh (not young, but supple, knowing), espy in her shaking and squatting and twisting the subtlest of amphibolous meanings, could decipher her little grunts and wheezes and read her hands' scribble down the trembling volumes of her hams and thighs, it seemed the more I saw, the less I saw.
These references are notable in their continued oppositional locutions of the color complex, but also for the introduction of the amphibolous nominal, "looks," in the Elder Brother's rewriting of the source of these figures' power.
Like the first part, the second part describes a turning, a turning that starts paradoxically and amphibolously and moves to the grammatically stable, though the grammar of the key verbs feels more elusive than the amphibolous expressions, in part by being the first instances in the language of such rare usage, and the only such usage in Milton's poetry.
Here the Elder Brother begins with the amphibolous "looks," hearkening back to the "looks" of Diana and Minerva's "Chast austerity," but this time emanating lewdness and appearing, consequently, loose and lavish.
Like John Felstiner's fine work, Translating Neruda, future translations/interpretations of Levinas may constitute a genre of their own, transmitting to the reader, along with the "result," the he uristic chronicle of all the exquisite verbal adjustments, heroic hesitations and haunting doubts that help preserve the essentially amphibolous character of living thought.