But either complexity or vagueness, as well as redundance or deficiency, is a fault; and, when all these faults are properly avoided, and the two great ends of methodical syntax, parsing and correcting, are duly answered, perhaps the requisite number of syntactical rules, or grammatical canons, will no longer appear very indeterminate.
But complexity is a relative term; it depends on the eyes which behold it; and our naming a thing complex may be but another way of declaring our ignorance concerning it.
With this added complexity goes a more frequent interposition of the author in his own person--one of the conventions as we have seen of this national style.
Every complexity of relation or of antecedent circumstance is in itself a weakness, which, if it cannot be eliminated, must, so to speak, be lived down.
Complexities of kinship are, of course, not the only complexities which should, so far as possible, be avoided.
It is only on the hypothesis of an unkindly environment that complexity of organization is an excellence.