Own entrails

Tarn, «  Alarums and Excursions, James Agate », Londres, The Spectator, 18 mars 1922, p. 340.Perhaps it is not so much that he has read these authors too much but he has let them them influence his style more than they should. He uses fragments from their writings, or allusive adaptations from their ways of turning a phrase, as a caddis-worm uses its little bits of china, brick and shell. Now a writer should rather model himself upon the spider, who spins from the product of her own entrails.