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September 19, 2006

Marquita's Quote Commentary

"But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced. He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained lies not so much in the vailidity of the inference as in the quality of the observation." Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, pp. 398-399

In this passage, Poe speaks of the difference between calculation and analysis. He claims that the attainment of knowledge is not in itself difficult; the difficuly is in knowing what knowledge to attain. In this detective story, Dupin exemplifies the reality of this statement in his power of observation. Though the police and various witnesses are able to collect knowledge just as well as another, it is only Dupin that possesses the analytical genius to collect the data appropriate to solving the case. As discussed in lecture, Dupin makes meaning of the data that he collects-- and in the opinion of Poe as expressed in this quotation, this is considered analysis.

Posted by burkmar at September 19, 2006 10:13 AM


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