You’re totally correct, Angela. The trick, however, is to recognize that there are different types of load-bearing structure. Hemingway, for example, uses a lot of repetition in his writing but it’s there for a purpose: it creates an unconscious set of associations within the reader than can then be brought together at the denouement and thus yield an emotional as well as an intellectual sense of completion. Sometimes what superficially appears as redundancy can in fact be central to the edifice.

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