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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Tableau


Tableau: noun - a picture; used figuratively - a presentation or description in picturesque form; a table, schedule or official list; group of people and things grouped to form a picturesque scene; used theatrically – a static representation of the action at a critical stage in a play; also, the stage direction for this; sudden striking of a dramatic situation; in cards - the arrangement of the cards when laid out for a game of patience.

'The players stopped their action and abruptly struck a tableau in which their individual postures and expressions interacted with their group positions to express the shock, horror and disbelief at the sudden, and apparently inexplicable, killing of the lead character.'

Pic: Valerie at the foot of the steps leading to the northern beach at Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

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