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In a message dated 4/19/99 2:29:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< HItchhiker's Guide - on the other hand, is supposed to be funny, and
therefore, he (Douglas Adams) can get away with annoying or pendantic
things. (Also, the major narrative is really the Guide itself, and on
occasion, Arthur can ask questions of the guide). >>
Wives' admiration of husbands is legendary, like Nessie, with spottings as
Using a book for exposition is much more common, allowing the author the
book's voice in addition to a narrator's. Another advantage is the
characters have to struggle to find the book/read the exposition. If a few
minor characters have been eliminated in the search for the back story, the
reader is unlikely to notice the paragraphs getting longer and themes from
the narrative repeated.
When the technique fails, the resemblance to discovery of an overdue library
book is uncanny.