Reason, he shall conceive to be the aptest
That these palisads be elegantly planted, diligently kept and supply'd with such shrubs as yield the most fragrant and odoriferous flowers, and are aptest
to tinge the Aer upon every gentle emission at a great distance: such as are the sweet-brier, all the periclymena's and woodbines; the common white and yellow jessamine, both the syringa's or pipe trees; the guelder rose, the musk, and all other roses; genista hispanica .
I welcome the idea of "social minds" as described in Alan Palmer's article as a new tool for literary analysis, but I see it as one tool among many and I opt for bricolage, that is, using whatever tools can improve our understanding of literary texts, choosing the tools that are aptest
for each text.
Bottles, pots, shoes and grass and murmer aptest
Having been reared in the middle class, it no doubt seemed the aptest
thing to do at that time, a goal in whose creation my guardians played no small part.
46-47)--a gift for which the aptest
gesture of gratitude is this poem itself: the poet will "send / A gift of slenderer value, mine" (ll.
If I understood Hillson and Martin (1994) correctly, their experiments with artificial metaphors and jokes seem to show that both of them were appreciated as 'optimally good' (the aptest
/ funniest) when they fulfilled the two related domain-bound requirements of Tourangeau and Sternberg, but for metaphors the criterion of short within-domain distance (that, is, similarity) had relatively greater weight, whereas for jokes the long between-domain distance (that is, incongruity) weighed relatively more.
Furthermore, "The Christian Family" describes the family as "the aptest
earthly illustration of the heavenly kingdom, and in it woman is its chief minister" (19).