Why don't more novels have lamenting language? Shakespeare was built on fantastic character lamentations, that "Oh woe is me!" jazz. Even the so-seeming gothic fiction (which I feel is really more fantasy-romantic these days) is so watered down, sterile and caluclated with all of it's pretensions of being based on historical literature (cover art not being the least deceptive tool). But besides, that, what are you all doing in this area? I love to express moments of tourment with a good lamenting passage whenever I can. It ain't easy though. Mostly because I tend to write in third person omniscient and lamenting is really more of a first person voice. And how much do you think is too much lamenting?