Author Topic: with a delicious, an enchanting mixture of ingenuous modesty and fearful joy  (Read 7748 times)

Offline t k

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Their eyes said continually, with a delicious, an enchanting mixture of ingenuous modesty and fearful joy:  (A larger context is here. Use ctrl-f to locate the sentence.)

Please explain 'with a delicious, an enchanting mixture of ingenuous modesty and fearful joy'.  Why does it have the second indefinite article 'an'?  Thanks.  --- tk

Offline Britta

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I'd say it replaces/specifies delicious. There is a slight difference in emphasis between
 
a) a delicious, enchanting mixture
b) a delicious, or rather an enchanting mixture
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

Offline Darryl

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Yes, I agree with Britta. 'Enchanting' is acting like an intensifier for 'delicious'. If this sentence were read orally, the comma would probably represent a longer than usual pause, and 'enchanting' would receive the emphasis.