Research for my 17th century novel rerouted me to the word, paraprosdokian. It is a figure of speech, where the last part of the sentence surprises. Thirty minutes of writing goes down the Google drain with other feckless information. Wait! Maybe not.
What if one of my minor characters could speak in paraprosdokian?
If I agree with you, we’d both be wrong.
Rewriting one to fit the 17th century: Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a barn makes you a horse. But people who fear trolls, little people and witches may believe it which takes the humor out of it.
Where there is will, I want to be in it is a great paraprosdokian. Bjarni, a minor character, comes to my mind. A louder voice suggests that adding humor into the 17th century is tomfoolery. For now, the idea will go on a low simmer and I will return to my writing.
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