The race lost some of its zest when Nicorette didn't front, so the main interest in the 14 boat fleet centred on the lengthened Wild Thing-now the owner of the longest, hollowest
bow in offshore racing.
For the politician in India, the hollowest
and most hypocritical of the species, opposes English publicly for political reasons and supports it privately for personal reasons.
Virtually everyone in the novel uses language in more or less fruitless ways and appears developmentally arrested linguistically at some rudimentary stage; minor figures, such as the college boys, engage in mindless repartee, while Clarence Snopes employs the hollowest
of political rhetoric.