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Responding to what he experienced as a crisis of indistinction throughout the modern social and cultural order--including (but certainly not limited to) a swelling "flood" of mediocre popular novels, consumed by masses of undiscriminating readers--James fashioned the Novel (capital N) as a form that, above all, provides a framework for distinguishing the astute few from the impercipient multitude: "The reader of James--the Jamesian--was not an aristocrat, exactly, but something else, a certain kind of aesthete-intellectual able to share the Master's endless enthusiasm for the mental labor of making distinctions" (39-40).
facile and impercipient Master of the Sissie, who spends the better part
The blue half of Merseyside and those impercipient BBC executives who decreed this epic Cup-tie was unworthy of live TV exposure were left with egg on their faces by an ageing striker serving the 12th club of a nomadic career.
The novel is, moreover, clearly what Millgate calls a testamentary act, (2) with the octogenarian writer cocking a final snook at impercipient critics as well as at the legion of readers, in particular schoolteachers, who had badgered him about what exactly he had "meant" in Lord of the Flies.
Is he to be pitied for his ordinary human weakness or satirized for his impercipient selfishness?
It was instead a finer justice, opposed to the injustice done by gross and impercipient interpretations of writ or precedent or statute.
Erudite without ever being pompous or impercipient, Irving made us feel at home with some of the most imaginative minds of the twentieth century.