I believe that all novels?deal with character, and that it is to express characternot to preach doctrines, sing songs, or celebrate the glories of the British Empire, that the form of the novel, so clumsy, verbose, and undramatic, so rich, elastic, and alive, has been evolved.
We now demand the light artillery of the intellect ; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused / in place of the verbose , the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery/by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press/their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.
Conciseness in art is essential and a refinement. The concise man makes one think; the verbose bores. Always work towards conciseness.Édouard manet