Originally Posted by Ironiclaconic
One of my favorite methods of exposing the fraudulence of many language and style mavens is to find an example of one of the masters violating their arbitrary rules and ask where they get off thinking they know English style better.
Also language changes. The reason why so many people get lie/lay wrong is that the conjugations are irregular, some of the conjugations are homophonous, and the meanings are similar. Speakers of a language loathe such confusion and over time the speakers just leave the self-proclaimed guardians of grammar behind.
I don't like that passage from Lawrence, but it isn't because of sentences starting with "And". Instead, I find the imagery jarring. Lust circling a man's knees? Feeling compassion in your bowels? I read that and I am knocked out of the text, asking, "what the fuck?"
Recent research shows that as much as half of the serotonin system in our body isn't in our brains, but in our guts. So maybe we really do feel compassion in our bowels. (I love D.H.L.)