Saturday, March 09, 2013

Edith Wharton's pronouns: just right

Plutarch was practically the worst, Edith Wharton was right on, and Shakespeare was about average.
That's all in terms of the balance of pronouns they used in their writing. Plutarch used nearly 16 masculine pronouns for every feminine one in his books, while Shakespeare had a 3:1 ratio of pronouns. Edith Wharton's books, on the other hand, talked about men and women in nearly equal measure.

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