Here is the context for the sentence that was the example for last week’s vocabulary contest. The sentence is in italics.
When the first house was lighted with electricity the darkness did not groan and say, “How long have I been dark. How ignorant have been those who have permitted this darkness. What grievous mistakes they have made.” The darkness said nothing when the light spoke; and the light shown in that darkness and the darkness was not. There were no devious paths other than the discovery of the light. There was no judgment of darkness against the light. There was no action of darkness upon the light. The light merely exclaimed, “Behold, I come!” and the darkness disappeared.
Again, the error is the word “shown,” a homophone (sounds the same as) for the word “shone.” When corrected, the sentence reads like this:
The darkness said nothing when the light spoke; and the light shone in that darkness and the darkness was not.
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