Call it, wait

Figure of speech. Having listened to Stephen's parable of the plums, Myles Crawford asks, "But what do you call it?" Professor MacHugh proceeds to mull a possible title: "— Call it, wait, the professor said, opening his long lips wide to reflect. Call it, let me see. Call it: deus nobis haec otia fecit." The professor's slowness to advance a solution displays the rhetorical device of aporia, an expression of doubt. 

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Illustration by Maryna Lutsyk for the essay "Aporia" by Cadmus.

The first lines of Virgil's Eclogues, showing the shepherds Meliboeus and Tityrus, in the 5th century Vergilius Romanus held in the Vatican library.
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