This fixed a very bone-headed mistake I made with the 0.19.0 source distribution.
From a little after two o'clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called the office because her father had called it that--a dim hot airless room with the blinds all closed and fastened for forty-three summers because when she was a girl sometimes had believed that light and moving air carried heat and that dark was always cooler, and which (as the sun shone fuller and fuller on that side of the house) became latticed with yellow slashes full of dust motes which Quentin thought of as being flecks of the dead old dried paint itself blown inward from the scaling blinds as wind might have blown them.After reading this gargantuan sentence, I wondered if the author was just trying to establish a mood or if the entire book is like this. It simultaneously introduces two people while meandering through a chain of several topics. Skimming through several random pages I realized there's usually only two or three sentences per page. Also, there are colons, semicolons, and hyphens galore.
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.Or, for that matter, the classic Moby Dick:
Call me Ishmael.I have finally realized that my lack of literary sophistication is really related to the author's average sentence length. I remember reading Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, and I loved it. Hemingway is well-known for utilizing a short, vigorous sentence structure. Maybe I just have such a bad memory I have trouble concentrating when I cannot remember where the sentence started.