Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Pint-Size Bottle

What dictates the size of the bottle into which we pour our wine--or vinegar? Certainly not deliberate consideration, for then one would have written nothing but stories of from ten to thirty thousand words . . . The whole thing is a puzzle. Why should one have to write a novel when a certain figure, incident or idea takes possession of the imagination; a short story about a second incident or figure; and a tale of medium length around a third? I cannot answer; but I am convinced that he is in luck to whom the unseen hander-out of bottles offers the pint.

--from John Galsworthy

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