It was the truths that made the people grotesques. The old man had quite an elaborate theory concern- ing the matter.
Concerning the old carpenter who fixed the bed for the writer, I only mentioned him because he, like many of what are called very common people, became the nearest thing to what is understandable and lovable of all the grotesques in the writer's book.
In the end he wrote a book which he called "The Book of the Grotesque." It was never published, but I saw it once and it made an indelible impression on my mind.
The subject would become so big in his mind that he himself would be in danger of becom- ing a grotesque. He didn't, I suppose, for the same reason that he never published the book.
Each of these medicine men has his idols carved in wood, representing the spirits of the air and of the fire, under some rude and grotesque
form of a horse, a bear, a beaver, or other quadruped, or that of bird or fish.
A sudden grimace lighted the frightful face as the grotesque
eyes fell upon this new creature.
Particularly was Tarzan amused by the grotesque headdresses of the pictured people.
Everything about him appeared quite normal--there were none of the grotesque exaggerations of his former sleep adventures.
But this grotesque incarnation of humanitarian passion appealed somehow, to one's imagination.
"Quite startling," "Monstrous," "Most painful to see." The lank man, with the eyeglass on a broad ribbon, pronounced mincingly the word "Grotesque," whose justness was appreciated by those standing near him.
But this word being the only clear and definite statement in these grotesque and dismal ravings was comparatively restful to his mind.
Franklin's grotesque mortal envelope had disappeared from the poop to seek its needful repose, if only the worried soul would let it rest a while.
His mind had been worried at last into that questioning attitude by no other person than the grotesque Franklin.
This use of the grotesque
contrasts starkly with Conrad's representation of grotesques
who swallow the state's legitimizing discourses.
This is confirmed by Barasch (1971:29) who points out that humanists discovered in this condemnation an attack on the ornate style in general and against the grotesques
in particular (cf.