[...] I am not predicting, or prescribing. I am describing. I am describing certain aspects of psychological reality in the novelist's way, which is by inventing elaborately circumstantial lies.
In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and …
an unfilled space; a gap (plural: lacunae)
it leaves large lacunae in the untold period
on IJ ending without closure