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This uncaptivating effect is perhaps due to the period of hardly accomplished revolution, and still seething turmoil, in which the story shaped itself.
P1 142) or it is a group of 'men butchering a pig' (P1 150), or a crowd of men with beached out-riggers at the Sinaketa beach (P1 176), if I don't regard them through my active identification of their constitutive parts and synthesise them into a thematic whole, they immediately subside into a mute pallidness of a more or less uncaptivating visual display.