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This article is taken from PN Review 13, Volume 6 Number 5, May - June 1980.

Alan Garner
In the Seventeenth Century, just before the third and flatulent invasion by Latin, English achieved an elegance of Germanic and Romance integration that it has not captured since. We respond instinctively to its excellence. The Bible had the good fortune to be translated into this excellence, and the debility of English thereafter is plotted in all subsequent failures to improve on that text.
-ALAN GARNER
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