Excerpt from The Waverley Novels: Waverley; The Monastery
The Author has also ventured to make some emendations of a different character, which, without being such apparent deviations from the original stories as to disturb the reader's old associations, will, he thinks, add Something to the spirit of the dialogue, narrative or description. These consist in occasional pruning where t e age is redundant, compres sion where the style is loose, i sion of vigour where it is la id, the exchange of less forcible for more appropriate epit ets slight alterations in short, like the last touches of an artist, which contribute to heighten and finish the picture.
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