Observing the country from a speeding train: Analogy for Quickness

Quickness is like looking out the window of a speeding train.  You don’t get to see the surroundings closest to you.  They are nothing but blurs.  Your view lacks details and in-depth description.  If you focus on a distant object though, you can easily see the entire picture.  Like Calvino discusses, quickness seeks to eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the crucial parts of the story.

In the E-Lit example, stories are told at their minimum.  One could easily create a novel out of one story alone, but instead it is contracted into a single page.  Details would only blur the purpose, therefore they are told as if they were far from the train window.  We can see them clearly that way.

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