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Smith also analyzes the difference between effictio (literal portrayal) and notatio (character portrayal) discussed in the Rhetorica ad Herennium, a model for Rabelais's descriptions in the fourth book.
The next illustration, for instance, displays Shakespeare's use of catalogues within complex chiastic schemes, and this example is particularly notable because Shakespeare makes frequent and prominent use of catalogues in a great number of his complex structures (catalogue is used here as a general term to encompass any list of descriptive items or phrases that elaborates on or defines a topic, including such devices as blazon and notatio and the various figures associated with enargia).