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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • It was so obscure and rhetorical that Grushenka put it down before she had read half, unable to make head or tail of it.
  • And there was too much rhetoric, such long sentences.
  • Ippolit Kirillovitch had chosen the historical method of exposition, beloved by all nervous orators, who find in its limitation a check on their own eager rhetoric.
  • Though Ippolit Kirillovitch was genuinely moved, he wound up his speech with this rhetorical appeal—and the effect produced by him was extraordinary.
  • A whole series of letters had followed—one every day—all as pompous and rhetorical, but the loan asked for, gradually diminishing, dropped to a hundred roubles, then to twenty-five, to ten, and finally Grushenka received a letter in which both the Poles begged her for only one rouble and included a receipt signed by both.

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  • She uses convincing rhetoric, but makes bad decisions.
  • Don’t be fooled by her empty rhetoric.

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