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By Irvine Welsh

Detective Inspector Ray Lennox has fled to Miami to flee the aftermath of a psychological breakdown prompted through occupational tension and cocaine abuse, and a harrowing child-sex homicide case again in Edinburgh. yet his fiancée Trudi is barely attracted to making plans their marriage ceremony, and shortly Lennox forged adrift, by myself in Florida. A coke-fuelled binge brings him into touch with one other sufferer of sexual predation, ten-year-old Tianna, and Lennox flees around the nation along with his terrified cost, made up our minds to guard her at any fee. yet can Lennox belief his personal instincts? and will he deal with Tianna, whereas nonetheless attempting to familiarize yourself with the Edinburgh homicide?

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Unity of form might be present in these texts after all, but it would reside not in an ‘organic unity’ but, paradoxically, in diversity and juxtaposition – in plenitude of expression and in the skilful arrangement of disparate and disjunctive literary materials. Just as the sculpture of the medieval mason might frame a saint’s visage alongside the anarchic grotesquerie of the Green Man, so the medieval writer might take equal delight in blending earnest with game, sacred with profane, comedy with tragedy, high style with low.

T. Shepherd, ‘Troilus and Criseyde’, in D. S. ), Chaucer and Chaucerians: Critical Studies in Middle English Literature (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1966, pp. 65–87), pp. 77–81. 7 One of the most widely used text-books in the sixteenth century was Erasmus’s De duplici copia verborum ac rerum, of which there were sixty editions between 1512 and 1536: see T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespeare’s Small Latine and Lesse Greeke, 2 vols (Urbana, IL, 1944), I, 99; II, 176. 8 As You Like It, V. i. 52. 9 Minor Poems, ed.

Moreover, Vincent ‘ordinated’ materials in relation to chapters, books and tituli, whereas Chaucer ‘ordinated’ materials in relation to tales and tellers; both a b entertainment and instruction. Universal History. 8 It is as if Chaucer derived certain principles of order from compilations and from the explanations of ordinatio which accompanied them, principles which he chose to apply in his own way. Moreover, Chaucer and Vincent (among other compilers) shared the principle of the reader’s freedom of choice (lectoris arbitrium).

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