Word Ways


John McClellan


Some time ago, a short piece of ours appeared in these pages -- a tale invented as a vehicle to illustrate Figures of Speech. It has been criticized as being saddening and inconclusive, as it undoubtedly is. For those who may not have seen it, it traces the movements of a couple of city-dwellers who had dreamed all their lives of taking a tropical vacation, but each time that it seemed within their reach, some unexpected expense had arisen, putting an end to the project. However, at long last they did get off, and all went happily with them until that awful day when a giant wave washed away her necklace and his new contact lenses.