Proust has a fondness for listing items in series. These collocations are always surprising and exciting in their inventiveness, their heterogeneity, and their precision.
A gesture of Françoise's: "modest, furtive, and delighted."
A group of noblemen: "obscure, clerical, and narrow-minded."
A marquis in a metaphorical aquarium: "venerable, wheezy, and moss-covered."
The elements holding together the "ephemeral panorama" of aristocrats at the theater: "attentiveness, heat, dizziness, dust, elegance, and boredom."
Quotations from Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way, translated by Mark Treharne (New York: Penguin, 2002), 13, 26, 37, 48
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