Isotrope

If you hammer a nail into a piece of wood, the wood has a different resistance according to the place you attack it: we say that wood is not isotropic. Neither is the text: the edges, the seam, are unpredictable. Just as (today’s) physics must accommodate the non-isotropic character of certain environments, certain universes, so structural analysis (semiology) must recognize the slightest resistances in the text, the irregular pattern of its veins.

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