The present article deals with P. Vilikovsky's prose Eskalacia citu I (Emotion Escalation I, written in the mid 1970s, published in a magazine in 1982, in the collection of short stories Eskalacia citu in 1989) - in a latent discussion with P. Zajac's interpretations and comments accompanying the edition P. Vilikovsky: Prozy (2005). The study advances in four steps. 1. It makes the inter-textual bonds with J. M. Hurban's romantic historical prose Olejkar (Medicine man) more precise, raises a question of the book's motifs, synonymic fictional prose in forming a story plot and its disillusioned reassessment, touches two potential inter-textual traces more (I. Bunin, V. Holan). 2. It pays attention to the text's lyric dimension (the handicapped heroine's lyric sensibility, the exploiting of idiomatic expressions and key words, analogically with contemporary poetry) and its parallel rhetoric dimension (negotiations of the characters when facing misunderstandings), named ad hoc as 'enthymeme'. 3. It outlines 'Piestany topos' of Slovak literature in the early 1970s (D. Tatarka, P. Vilikovsky) and 'spa semantics' in the plot of Eskalacia citu I. 4. It returns to the prose Olejkar and in discussion correlates its final scene of the trial with the culprits with the subject of 'love', excess, violence, rape in Eskalacia citu I, with the characters' interpretations and assessment. - Notes on P. Vilikovsky's prose end in a statement that it is disturbingly 'open' in reading and interpreting of text.
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