Editor's note: This column is the third in a series of tutorials adapted from Joseph M. Williams' book Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. The first two tutorials discussed writing clear sentences.

“The two capital secrets in the art of prose composition are these: first the philosophy of transition and connection; or the art by which one step in an evolution of thought is made to arise out of another: all fluent and effective composition depends on the connections; secondly, the way in which sentences are made to modify each other; for the most powerful effects in written eloquence arise...

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