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    apt to leaf


    I came across the article Writers on Writing by Elmore Leonard. In rule No 1 he advices:

    1. Never open a book with weather.

    If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people.

    Could you please explaint to me what it means "apt to leaf ahead looking for people." Does it mean that the reader has the tendency to jump over the passages devoted to the description of the weather? I am not not able to find the meaning of the phrase "apt to leaf ahead." Thanks

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    Re: apt to leaf

    Your interpretation is correct. "Apt to leaf ahead" is not a fixed expression.; it means that the reader has a tendency to turn pages ahead

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    Re: apt to leaf

    I am not a teacher.

    To leaf is to turn over pages without reading them attentively.

    So, 'The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people' = The reader will tend to skip ahead looking for something more interesting.

    Edit: riquecohen got in ahead of me. We agree.

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