Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Frayed by sin

A surprising one, this, as sin is often presented, nowadays, as socially acceptable, even desirable 'vice' - something naughty-but-nice, essentially...

Keen-eyed man

A fine description of Adam Bede's fine eyes and keen mind.  As for Hetty, nowadays she'd be branded a teaser. ...

Slow-travelling Clouds

Dorothy Wordsworth is masterful and joyful in her description of detailed beauty, and it seems many of her journal entries...

Wine-drenched blubber

Swelter, the chef, is vast and rolling excess to Flay's ascetic skinniness, and here presents himself in a stupor.  The...

Troy-bound villagers

In this triologism, Leigh Fermor effortlessly conveys the millennia-spanning history of an obscure village, implying that its inhabitants might be...

Hoar-rimed trees

A crisp and unusual description of a Russian winter day in its chill beauty.

'White winter had set...

An opiate vista

A curious vista of 'tallow-coloured' images floating before an opium-steeped lord.

'Laudanum' was the name for various opium-based preparations and...

Rose-coloured ribbon

This is the moment when Hetty shifts from recollection to projection, from dwelling upon random past encounters with the smooth-handed...

Good-tempered ears

Describing an idyllic ride on a wonderful horse.  I wish you many moments, and even days and weeks, of which...

Light-laden drops

When did you last stop to study a light-laden drop of water, seeing in it a convex-reflected cosmos?  You have,...

Hag-ridden night

A sense of a wakeful, traumatic night, ridden by witches and haunted by demons.

'... explains the distress of that...

Seneca the Stoic

Erasmus' triologism to describe Seneca as a dyed in the wool Stoic.  I prefer the alliteration of 'double-dyed'.

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