bleached prose ?

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black berland

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Chinese
I read this sentence from internet , a comment about the book of <<the remains of the day>>

This novel has won high praise in England, and one can certainly respect the convincing voice and the carefully bleached prose;
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I read this sentence from on the internet, a comment about the book of <<The Remains of the Day>>

    This novel has won high praise in England, and one can certainly respect the convincing voice and the carefully bleached prose;
    and the carefully bleached prose = and prose from which all imperfections have been removed.

    To bleach = to whiten (linen, etc.) by washing and exposure to sunlight, or by chemical processes.

    Here bleach is used figuratively.
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    It may be used here in opposition to "purple prose", which is excessively ornate and flowery language.
     
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