The text which tells a story is the simplest case: Homer, Virgil, Shakespeare, Dickens, Patrick White, Margaret Drabble are all engaged in a transaction comparable to other transactions between human beings. Their business is to entertain us. They may give us more than we bargained for: they may have in mind to manipulate our opinions about how the world works; artistic creation may take over from the business of entertaining. But they must be careful to keep manipulation of opinion and artistic creation within the limits of a transaction acceptable to us, their readers or audience.
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