All those minute circumstances belonging to private life and domestic character, all that gives verisimilitude
to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to find room for flowers of monkish eloquence, or trite reflections upon morals.
Plots in fiction should be wedded to the understanding of the reader, and be constructed in such a way that, reconciling impossibilities, smoothing over difficulties, keeping the mind on the alert, they may surprise, interest, divert, and entertain, so that wonder and delight joined may keep pace one with the other; all which he will fail to effect who shuns verisimilitude
and truth to nature, wherein lies the perfection of writing.
That was the essence of his vision - which was all rank folly, if one would, while he was out of the house and otherwise occupied, but which took on the last verisimilitude
as soon as he was placed and posted.
Lovely it was,' went on Maud, dully conscious of failure, but stippling in like an artist the little touches which give atmosphere and verisimilitude
to a story.
At last, satisfactorily disguised, and with even his shock of black hair adding to the verisimilitude
of his likeness to the natives of the city, he sought for some means of reaching the street below.
Its tales of the Ethiopian Prester John, of diamonds that by proper care can be made to grow, of trees whose fruit is an odd sort of lambs, and a hundred other equally remarkable phenomena, are narrated with skilful verisimilitude
and still strongly hold the reader's interest, even if they no longer command belief.
The play on his name which was made by his contemporary Herodicus, "thou wast ever bold in battle," seems to show that the description of him is not devoid of verisimilitude
The character of the publication, the general verisimilitude
of the news, the consideration of the motive, and so on.
But lest those who are ignorant of the force of mathematical demonstrations and who are not accustomed to distinguish true reasons from mere verisimilitudes
, should venture.
If one has a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes
one arrives at truth--or very near the truth--as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.
Chez Gauguin, as the French say, the shackles of verisimilitude
yield to 'the rights of the imagination' (in a phrase attributed to Apollinaire).
stems from the image of a personal letter from that spokesperson.