One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Often an account of the supernatural folklore of a region is no more than a list of ghosts supposed to haunt the area, followed by a tellable tale or two.’
- ‘I mentioned in Chapter 2 that ‘narrative display texts’, a class which includes both literary narratives and stories people tell one another, circulate because their stories are tellable, ‘worth it’.’
- ‘Therefore, instead of a final dispensation, the story of a monster at the limit of the tellable concludes irresolutely, even incoherently.’
- ‘Stories must be tellable in quick, simple images.’
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