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Title: Style
Original Title: Style
Volume and Page: Vol. 15 (1765), p. 556
Author: Louis, chevalier de Jaucourt
Translator: Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon [Simon Fraser University]
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Literature
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Citation (MLA): Jaucourt, Louis, chevalier de. "Style." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2006. Web. [fill in today's date in the form 18 Apr. 2009 and remove square brackets]. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.697>. Trans. of "Style," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, vol. 15. Paris, 1765.
Citation (Chicago): Jaucourt, Louis, chevalier de. "Style." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.697 (accessed [fill in today's date in the form April 18, 2009 and remove square brackets]). Originally published as "Style," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 15:556 (Paris, 1765).

Style or stylus , was, as I just said, a stiletto or a sort of big needle; the ancients used its point to write on tablets coated with wax. See Wax Tablet.

To teach children how to write, Quintilius recommends that they engrave all the letters on a plate; in that way, drawing the characters would form the style, and finding equal resistance at both ends, the hand would not stray outside the model. With this method of imitating fixed characters, the child could not fail to acquire a steady hand without the help of a teacher. Indeed, says our judicious critic, it is very important to know how to write well and fast, and people of quality neglect this a bit too much. If Quintilius had lived among us, he would have said they neglect it so much that you can recognize a person of quality by his illegible writing and his spelling mistakes.