The Meeting of Ambrose Bierce and Edith Wharton
I believe that if Ambrose Bierce and Edith Wharton met, that it would go something like this:
I believe that their interactions and characteristics would be very similar to their writing styles. Edith Wharton’s writing style is very simple and controlled. Her choice of vocabulary and sentence structure is misleading and deceptive. Throughout the novel, Wharton builds up patterns of imagery, patterns of behavior, and specially charged words, all of which serve a structural purpose. Because Wharton refrains from using unnecessary modifiers, her descriptions seem to be almost incomplete. She chooses adjectives and adverbs carefully and uses them infrequently. With that being said, I believe that her writing styles may appear in her communicating with others, and if she were to encounter Ambrose Bierce.
Bierce’s writings style is similar in a way. Bierce has been criticized by his contemporaries for deliberately pursuing improbability and for his frequently used "trick endings" In his later stories, apparently under the influence of Maupassant, Bierce dedicated himself to shocking the audience, as if his purpose was "to attack the reader's smug intellectual security".
Bierce's bias towards Naturalism has also been noted. "The biting, deriding quality of his satire, unbalanced by any compassion for his targets, was often taken as petty meanness, showing contempt for humanity and an intolerance to the point of merciless cruelty".
This goes to show that Bierce and Wharton have similar styles with their misleading outcomes and trickery. Yet their writing can be...