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Oxymoron in She Stoops to Conquer

Oxymoron Examples in She Stoops to Conquer:

Act The Second

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"with his usual Gothic vivacity..."   (Act The Second)

"Gothic," a term that describes mysteriousness, somberness, darkness, does not usually go with "vivacity" (which means liveliness). Mrs. Hardcastle creates an oxymoron (the two words are mutually exclusive) to describe her husband as especially dull.

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