Student or Learner
please explain me the meaning of the following quote
"The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting."
and plz help me with meaning of words like obligation and incurring too.
The only requirement for a novel is that it be interesting.
It's a horrible sentence.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.