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40] This stiltedness is evident, for instance, is a passage in which Chris brings together the concerns of sexuality and narrative:
Write naturally; avoid stiltedness and heavy use of passive voice.
While this scene is a tender one, the stiltedness of the conversation, reflected in part by Butler's ellipses, underscores the sense of vulnerability Kevin ultimately feels as a result of Dana's total immersion in a time and place where whites oppress blacks with impunity.
Despite a certain stiltedness in the contemporary frame story, the novel--especially the historical nineteenth-century tale, with its ferocious founding generation and the love story of Branwell and Marie--is thoroughly engaging and ultimately quite moving.