As someone who loved Grisham's books before he was popular, I appreciate a great legal thriller. Which leads me to the literary device of the day.
v. 1. To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections.
2. To find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil.
In literature, this plot device allows a character to manipulate the outcome by using the literal interpretation of an agreement instead of its intended meaning.
Although most commonly used with legal agreements, it can be used for magically enforced agreements.
How many times does the genie gain the upper hand by literally interpreting a wish?
All the parents out there can appreciate. Time after time, my teenager "evades the truth... by raising trivial distinctions and objections." Of course, I can't think of one example right now. *figures*
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