I do like a carefully constructed insult.

Started by Gyppo, January 25, 2024, 12:09:27 PM

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In a book I'm reading the wife says to her Husband...

"Keith Calder, you're such a bastard I believe your father never even met your mother."

Jo Bannister

Yeah, I like that too.

It's one of the privileges of being a writer, that we can spend as long as it takes honing a spontaneous remark.


Dick Francis commented along those lines, when a reader asked how one of his characters was able to make instant decisions under extreme stress  ;-)

'Probably because his author has all the time in the world to work out a solution."

The real magic of course is in convincing the reader that the character himself is real enough to be making these decisions.