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7 January 1993
Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West 
by M.B. Parkes.
Scolar, 327 pp., £55, September 1992, 0 85967 742 7
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... would deliver them; if they wished to introduce enjambment where the sense did not disallow it, they were free to do so. The exercise of this judgment has social as well as literary implications. As Parkes says, the merit of scriptio continua was that it presented the reader with a neutral text. To introduce graded pauses while reading involved an interpretation of the text, an activity requiring ...

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