Between the tower and the church was a close screen, the door of which was kept shut during services, hiding this grotesque clockwork from sight.
There was, so to speak, that symmetry in their distortion which is less the characteristic of British than of Continental grotesques of the period.
It has been sometimes argued that there is no truer criterion of the vitality of any given art-period than the power of the master-spirits of that time in grotesque; and certainly in the instance of Gothic art there is no disputing the proposition.
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The disease causes grotesque deformity.
It is the result of a grotesque system that distorts good intentions into evil actions.