Nevertheless, Jason's section is generally well translated throughout, indubitably due to the modal proximity between this discourse and the frequently emphatic and assertive modes of Serbo-Croatian communication: the section is fluid, energetic, and helpfully gesticulative
(2) Yet, the gesticulative
code of the "speaking" dog mixes human and canine.
A virtuoso art can be tragic or comic, but it has only one style, the high style; a low or humble style and virtuosity are incompatible," (48) Opera actively seeks out melodrama and needs a plot that provokes its participants toward song; the element of music "can make things credible or at least acceptable, which in a spoken play would cause laughter." (49) The eloquent impulse of opera serves as mirror, then, for the melodramatic, gesticulative
qualities of James's prose.
What this passage indicates is that the subject of elocution--the orator who represents the "happy coincidence of vocal, enunciative and gesticulative
expression" (Trident of Albion 5)--also embodies a kind of communicative integrity evident in the faithful evocation of affect, intention and meaning.
In the midst of his wildly gesticulative
critique of the olive oil display, I could feel his eyes burning a hole into my novice cheese-wrapping hands.
The nakedness of a simple novelty in preportioned portioned packaging has been surrounded and softened and made sense of by gesticulative
adaptation (possibly inspired by the extinguishing oscillation of a match after the lighting of a cigarette); convenience has given rise to ballet; and the sound of those flapping sugar packets in the early morning, fluttering over from nearby booths, is not one I would willingly forgo, even though I take my coffee unsweetened.