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rhetoric
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
the use of words to make a point

or more rarely:

study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially to persuade)
  • Mrs. Pullet sat down, lifting up her mantle carefully behind, before she answered,— "She's gone," unconsciously using an impressive figure of rhetoric.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (20% in)
  • "Dear heart!" said Mrs. Tulliver, shocked at this sanguinary rhetoric, "how can you talk so, Mr. Tulliver?
    1.2 -- Book 1 Chapter 2 -- Mr. Tulliver, of Dorlcote Mill, Declares…. (16% in)
  • Then I used to have drawing-lessons; and there were several other books we either read or learned out of,—English Poetry, and Horae Pauline and Blair's Rhetoric, the last half."
    3.5 -- Book 3 Chapter 5 -- Tom Applies His Knife to the Oyster (35% in)
  • The successful Yellow candidate for the borough of Old Topping, perhaps, feels no pursuant meditative hatred toward the Blue editor who consoles his subscribers with vituperative rhetoric against Yellow men who sell their country, and are the demons of private life; but he might not be sorry, if law and opportunity favored, to kick that Blue editor to a deeper shade of his favorite color.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (83% in)

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