Introduction to the KISS Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology

Representative Narratives by Carroll Lewis Maxcy
London: Macmillan, 1914

     This book is interesting because Maxcy presents some interesting analysis of setting, characterization, and plot. I set this up now, however, because in browsing the book I found some interesting examples of the use of semicolons, examples illustrate that semicolons are not only used to imply differences, but also cohesion. Consider, for example, the following two sentences:

When Pizarro obtained possession of Cuzco, he found a country well advanced in the arts of civilization:institutions under which the people lived in tranquility and personal safety; the mountains and the uplands whitened with flocks; the valleys teeming with the fruits of a scientific husbandry; the granaries and warehouses filled to overflowing; the whole land rejoicing in its abundance; and the character of the nation, softened under the influence of the mildest and most innocent form of superstition, well prepared for the reception of a higher and a Christian civilization. But, far from introducing this, Pizarro delivered up the conquered races to his brutal soldiery; the sacred cloisters were abandoned to their lust; the towns and villages were given up to pillage; the wretched natives were parceled out like slaves, to toil for their conquerors in the mines; the flocks were scattered, and wantonly destroyed; the granaries were dissipated;the beautiful contrivances for the more perfect culture of the soil were suffered to fall into decay; the paradise was converted into a desert. 
The first sentence describes all the positive things Pizarro found. They are introduced by the colon and then separated, but held together, but the semicolons. The second sentence explains the negative things that Pizarro did. For some reason, there is no introductory semicolon after "soldiery," but the negative things are all held together in one sentence by the semicolons.
     My other reason for working on this now is that I'm thinking ahead to writing exercises, and the "Pizarro" essay will probably serve as a model
Landor's Cottage, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Wheat Pit, by Frank Norris
Happiness, by Guy de Maupassant
On a Mirror and a Bell, by Lafcadio Hearn
The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
Francisco Pizarro, by William H. Prescott
The Text
A Study in Semicolons for Cohesion AK
The Great Stone Face, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Miss Esther's Guest, by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Proprietor of the Café Saint-Antoine, by Harry James Smith
A Liberal Education, by Anthony Hope Hawkins
The Outcasts of Poker Flat, by Bret Harte
A Coward, by Guy de Maupassant
Murad the Unlucky, by Maria Edgeworth
Esther, from the Old Testament
The Black Poodle, by Frank Anstey
The Three Strangers, by Thomas Hardy
Marjorie Daw, by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant
The Man with the Blue Eyes, by Jean Richepin
La Grande Bretèche, by Honoré de Balzac
The Birthmark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
On the Stairs, by Arthur Morrison