The spectator is apt to imagine that nature had formerly suffered some violent convulsion; and that these are the dismembered
remains of the dreadful shock; the ruins, not of Persepolis or Palmyra, but of the world!
Take thou this other, drag him through the woods Amongst the pricking thorns and sharpest briers; Whilst, with my gentle Mephistophilis, This traitor flies unto some steepy rock, That, rolling down, may break the villain's bones, As he intended to dismember
The novelist looks at the world through a creative screen, even through a kind of magical kaleidoscope that dismembers
, deforms, and recomposes a reality rendered iridescent by his or her vision: a genuine chemistry takes place in which the substance of observed, lived, or imagined reality becomes, through a kind of poetic transubstantiation, a new substance, one which is unlike any other: the novelistic substance itself.