when things begin to smear

“—All right look I, all I meant was the whole thing’s ridic, out of proportion that appalling diCephalis woman, do you know her?

—I don’t think so but . . .

—Ann, she’s sort of you in a cheap edition, twentieth printing of the paperback when things begin to smear . . .”

(William Gaddis, J R, p. 245.)

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