Monday, November 7, 2011

An intentional and humorous mixed metaphor

In one scene in P.G. Wodehouse’s comic novel Heavy Weather, Montague “Monty” Bodkin is pensive as he takes an afternoon walk. He feels certain that he is about to be fired. The narrator says, “The sack, it seemed to him, was hovering in the air. Almost, he could hear the beating of its wings.”

The Takeaway: P.G. Wodehouse (pictured) was a genius and was writing comedy; for those two reasons, he got away with mixing metaphors. You and I generally cannot.

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