The Duke of Falvertoon was one of those human hors d'oeuvres that stimulate the public appetite for sensation without giving it much to feed on. As a mere child he had been precociously brilliant; he had declined the editorship of the Anglian Review at an age when most boys are content to have declined mensa, a table, and though he could not claim to have originated the Futurist movement in literature, his "Letters to a possible Grandson," written at the age of fourteen, had attracted considerable notice. In later days his brilliancy had been less conspicuously displayed.

from The Unkindest Blow, a short story by Saki

What is the role of "those"?

What is the differende between "one of those human hors d'oeuvres" and "one of human hors d'oeuvres"?


"One of those" adds significance to the phrase "human hors d'oevres" and changes its meaning from a unique metaphor for the Duke to indicating there is a subset of such people that everyone has some experience with or knowledge of.

It's a way of telling the reader "You know the kind of person I'm taking about."

The alternative, by the way, would be to say

The Duke was a human hors d'oeuvre.

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