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''It is not what an author says, but what he or she whispers that is important'', this is a quote written by Logan Pearsall Smith. The meaning of this quote is that what matters is what the author implies not the literal meaning. My opinion is to agree with Logan Pearsall Smith's quote. In the next two paragraphs I will discuss how the quotation pertains to the examples I have chosen in "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving, and "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe.

In "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne the example I chose was how the author used the veil to hide something on Mr. Hooper. The veil is a personal symbol that symbolically is hiding his private sins. The veil symbolizes his shame and guilt. The theme of the parable is that everyone is a sinner, whether or not they come out with it. Nathaniel Hawthorne is basically saying don't judge people who are sinners because everyone is one.

In "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe the example I chose was when the speaker described Roderick Usher as having a cadaverousness complexion. The author implies that the character looks like a deceased person. In the end of the story Roderick died, so Edgar Allen Poe foreshadowed his death by saying he looked like a cadaver.

My opinion on Logan Pearsall Smith's quote is that I agree what matters more is what the author implies not the literal meaning. The examples I chose support my opinion because they discuss that what the author implies is what matters more not the literal meaning. The statement of wisdom I chose is that, what the author actually says is not as important as what he or she implies.
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