Synathroesmus (sin-ath-res’-mus): 1. The conglomeration of many words and expressions either with similar meaning (= synonymia) or not (= congeries). 2. A gathering together of things scattered throughout a speech (= accumulatio [:Bringing together various points made throughout a speech and presenting them again in a forceful, climactic way. A blend of summary and climax.])

The King: Elm, helm, realm—my ship, my wheel, my realm. A confused mess—missing it’s head and tail. My incoherence rages like a pox as I stand, sit, jump, run, skip hoping not to slip and smash my head on the altar set below. Why me? Why must I be charred and tossed into the sea? Are the fish hungry? Do the dark blue crabs await my arrival, claws aloft, swaying in the sea’s rhythmic current, ready to rip and tear apart and greedily consume the bloody remains of me?

There is unrecognized madness shining at me from your murderous dream. You will kill me. Then what? What is your hoped for future? What is next? And more telling: why are you doing this to me? Fame? I am a Royal failure who is nevertheless dearly loved. My murder will induce wrath—you will be hunted like a pack of hydrophobic wolves. Fortune? I have nearly bankrupted the realm throwing massive banquets, drinking, whoring, and more whoring, and buying armor, crossbows, horses, beautifully emblazoned shields—each with my portrait facing the enemy. And the best of all: giant boulder-throwing catapults. Too bad we have no enemies. Fame? Fortune? Fame: You will obtain infamy, not fame and be hated by all who hear your names. Fortune: there is none. Bank on it and you will die in penury, as homeless dogs rotting by the roadside, stinking up the realm. So, in summary, cease this mad under. . . gaaa Oh God! I am slain.

The Assailants: Oi—he was always such a bloody blabbermouth. Praise God he’s dead. His son will pay us handsomely and protect us for all our days. God save the king!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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