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The sentences can be explained with the help of the fuller context: I speak to Lisa and Lisa speaks of parallel crying, the crying that comes alongside art but not precisely from it. Plot does not jerk the tears from you; some other force corresponds. This pleases me, as I have always preferred parallel lines to perpendicular ones. Perpendicular lines are ...


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Chekhov's gun … is a dramatic principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed. … "One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off. It's wrong to make promises you don't mean to keep." … — Chekhov's gun - Wikipedia. Chekhov’s Gun, Chandler’s Gun, and ...


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