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    haunting words and cadences

    I'm having problems deciphering the phrase though its
    haunting words and cadences were the richest of his mental
    possessions below. Comments, please!


    This familiar way of talking
    about "Jesus" as if He were somebody waiting round the corner at
    Mandel's grocery for a telephone call--and this woman, who had
    listened for forty years to her husband's windy eloquence and
    sanctimonious perfidies, and who was still full of faith in the
    power of words and the magic attributes of Biblical phraseology!
    It almost made Vance hate the Bible to hear her, though its
    haunting words and cadences were the richest of his mental
    possessions.
    (Edith Wharton - Hudson River Bracketed)

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    Re: haunting words and cadences

    Presumably this refers to the King James Version, which is still one of the wonders of English literature. Its remarkable qualities of rhythm and imagery has never been surpassed.

    Wharton is indicating how much it is valued for its qualities.

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