May 23rd, 2011

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Feeling a Bit Quixotic?



"Go, I hate you not."

    Pierre Corneille (1606–1684), French playwright. Chimène, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 4 (1637).


Chimène declares she still loves Rodrigue, who has killed her father. One of the most famous expressions in Corneille (Va, je ne te hais point), the most cited French example of classical understatement, or litotes (expressing the affirmative by negating its opposite).
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