With its obsessive reiteration on "fashion," Borachio's account brings a narrative "fashion" of the play's antecedents into comic alignment and parodic nexus with the tendency in Much Ado to turn human behavior, like wedding gowns, into "fashions," a "fashion" epitomized here when Borachio, trying his auditor Conrade's patience (140-43), turns Don John's malefaction into an exemplum, evil a la mode, digressively
subordinating the "tale" he had promised to tell, the "what" that happened, to the "what" it represents.
As the adolescent daughter whose growing pains serve as film's emotional center, Alexandra Purvis gives a credible performance that almost holds together the digressively
The mere mention of gold, coyly and somewhat digressively
broached, had the effect of thunder in the cloudless sky.
An improbable trio, you'd think--until Rappaport digressively
hooks them together, showing how all three, treated as empty vessels, allowed themselves to be filled with men's ideas about women, suggesting how all three eventually sought to fill themselves through political action.
The present study turns to these after charting Byron's several strategies across the poem, especially his uses of the essentially theatrical technique of 'parabasis' (or 'coming forward'), to comment obliquely, comparatively, or digressively
on the matters and mores of his native land.
Molloy shows, however, that Sarmiento's reliance on previous texts hardly constitutes dependency or submission since he knew he was reading "expansively, digressively
, and even perversely" (27).
This is a surprisingly accurate description of Lehman's own idiom, where anecdotes and opinions are repeated, bizarre literary analogies are digressively
introduced (de Man is compared at length to Conrad's Marlow and Fitzgerald's Gatsby), cause and effect are confused in hair-raising ways, and gossipy speculations are elevated to the status of critical evidence.