The Writer’s Craft: un progression d’effet

… the note of the ineffable, the symbolic, can’t be struck suddenly at the end. It ought to be prepared for from the beginning. This note of the archetypal, ineffable–call it what you will–ought to be what [Ford Madox] Ford called un progression d’effet. That is, it ought to have its own progression through the story, ought to be twined into the action like one of the threads that makes up the whole strand and, therefore, ought to have its own progression or progress. —Caroline Gordon to Flannery O’Connor, 21 January 1958, from THE LETTERS OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR AND CAROLINE GORDON

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