My analogy for exactitude is screen printing.

When screen printing on T-shirts you must be precise. I have had made many mistakes while screen printing T-shirts. First, while making the screen you have to make sure your image is clearly defined. If the image is fuzzy the screen will not burn correctly and the image will not come out right. Once you have your clear and concise image correctly burned on the screen, you can get out the ink. When screen printing on fabric with ink you have to make sure not to use too much ink. If you use too much ink, then it will bleed through the screen and part of your image will come out goopy.

Screen printing is an analogy for exactitude because both require that you use “a well defined and well-calculated plan for the work”. You cannot come into screen printing with a poor design. And when writing with exactitude you must know where you are heading as well. Calvino’s second point that you must “have a clear, incisive memorable visual image” could not fit any more perfectly with screen printing. As I said, a fuzzy image will not burn onto the screen correctly.

In The Cape, Carpenter uses clear, concise images to set the scene and tell a story. In fact, most of the visual images Carpenter uses could easily be used to screen print. The maps and diagrams are all in black and white and have clear dark lines.

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