It is in this matter that I fall foul of so many American writers on writing; they seem to think that writing is a confidence game by means of which the author cajoles a restless, dull-witted, shallow audience into hearing his point of view. Such an attitude is base, and can only beget base prose.
“That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That ” Hardin broke in: “Not at all. He’s merely the product of his environment . He doesn’t understand much except that ‘I got a gun and you ain’t.’ ”Isaac Asimov