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May 19 '21 at 18:31 comment added stangdon I see nothing wrong with Wells' text. These individuals are prepared to lie, they are prepared to distort, they are prepared to generally humbug. There are no missing words.
May 19 '21 at 13:02 comment added FumbleFingers The "mistake" isn't in Wells's text - it's in this answer, which mistakenly assumes the preceding verbs to lie, and distort are part of a "parallel construction" within which all three verbs are "transitive". But they're not. Just because to lie CAN be used "transitively" (with object "to people") doesn't mean it HAS TO BE. And unquestionably, [to] distort is an intransitive usage here (with the implied but unstated "object" [distorted] facts - nothing to do with distorting people).
May 19 '21 at 9:36 comment added Kate Bunting 'lying people' makes no sense either.
May 19 '21 at 8:53 history answered A. B. CC BY-SA 4.0