Montaigne and Brief Narrative Form: Shaping the Essay by Deborah N. Losse (auth.)

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He offers the example of Philopoemen, who like Montaigne, could make light of his appearance. Through the skillful use of participial constructions and relative clauses, Montaigne streamlines a rather long account by Plutarch, in which the latter points out that Philopoemen was not ugly, but simply given to simple, informal dress. Such constructions were a characteristic of the Latin syntax which crept into narrative prose, and in particular, the conte in the fifteenth century. The need to abbreviate narrative accounts of proceedings in the Curia Romana, the central administration of the Catholic Church, encouraged the development of an efficient style.

Lionello Sozzi draws an analogy between the exchange of succinct, witty comments in the tales to the influence of vernacular theater on Des Periers’s tales (Sozzi 1965, 279). For example, when Des Périers pits a college official against a female herring seller, it is without a doubt the herring seller who has the upper hand in cursing: Mercy Dieu dit elle, tu l’as desja dict, filz de putain que tu es. —Et bien dit le Regent, n’es tu pas bien villaine deux foys? voyre trois. —Tu as menty, crapault infaict.

We note pruning here to suggest the essayist’s understanding that effective storytelling demands economy and spare, wellwrought description. Nowhere is the link between economic narration and the use of participial and relative constructions more evident that Montaigne’s retelling of the meeting between Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons and Alexander (III, 5, 885/675). Thalestris approaches Alexander with her soldiers and states that since they are the strongest, bravest man and woman in the world, they should have a baby together.

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