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    This repetition of the concept through different forms is precious to the mythologist, it allows him to decipher the myth: it is the insistence of a kind of
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      This repetition of the concept through different forms is precious to
      the mythologist, it allows him to decipher the myth: it is the
      insistence of a kind of behaviour which reveals its intention. This
      confirms that there is no regular ratio between the volume of the
      signified and that of the signifier. In language, this ratio is
      proportionate, it hardly exceeds the word, or at least the concrete
      unit. In myth, on the contrary, the concept can spread over a very
      large expanse of signifier. For instance, a whole book may be the
      signifier of a single concept; and conversely, a minute form (a word, a
      gesture, even incidental, so long as it is noticed) can serve as
      signifier to a concept filled with a very rich history. Although
      unusual in language, this disproportion between signifier and signified
      is not specific to myth: in Freud, for instance, the parapraxis of a
      signifier whose thinness is out of proportion to the real meaning which
      it betrays.

      --Roland Barthes, _Mythologies_ (p. 120)


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