Sanette Speaks Out Against Imaging...
Sanette, an acute observer of her own and her family's reading strategies,
is in effect supporting the position taken by William
Gass: to image in great detail and vividly is a kind of madness;
moreover, one will be all day about it. She hearily agrees with Gass that
characters in fiction are -- indeed, should be -- mostly empty canvas. L'Amour
is a great writer, she says, because he does not burden the reader with
description: the hero rides through thick brush, the Indians are silhouetted
against the horizon, no more, and the reader, using a ready-made store of
images, at once sees the whole picture -- mistily, perhaps, but well enough.
Nell, p. 246