"The centripetence augments the centrifugence
. We balance one man with his opposite, and the health of the state depends on the see-saw" (Emerson, 1983, "Uses of Great Men," p.
In the end La bicicleta de Leonardo is just a sideboard of the writer's artistic defects, an exercise in excess and centrifugence
. The reader is left thinking that PITII should stick to what he does best: brief, straightforward novels about politics wherein Hector Belascoaran Shayne is at center stage.
An initial way to characterize Boatright and Faust's misrepresentation of Emerson is to say they overemphasize the "centrifugence
" in Emerson's writing and neglect the "centripetence": that is, they emphasize how Emerson describes forces driving us away from the center but ignore how he also describes forces pulling us back.