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But against the argument that his emollience and prevarications allowed divisions to grow is the probability that anything other than a balancing act would have split the party even more.
John Burrow, with his characteristic combination of emollience and ingenuity, put the debate to rest by proposing as a complement to the somewhat overworked 'autobiographical fallacy' the 'conventional fallacy', suggesting that the fact that a detail can be interpreted as a literary convention does not mean that its reference to actual events must be discounted.
The bee-crawled emollience of the tiny Cupid is half-mocked, half-consoled, by a puckered Venus, her legs far stouter than is usual in the Elder Cranach's many evocations of her.