Ted had a similar compact with John Kennedy: Be direct, and to the point; use short words and clauses; aim for clarity.
Italy and Greece both have clauses under which women can give birth anonymously.
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.
c.1200, "a sentence, a brief statement, a short passage," from Old French clause "stipulation" (in a legal document), 12c., from Medieval Latin clausa "conclusion," used in the sense of classical Latin clausula "the end, a closing, termination," also "end of a sentence or a legal argument," from clausa, fem. noun from past participle of claudere "to close, to shut, to conclude" (see close (v.)). Grammatical sense is from c.1300. Legal meaning "distinct condition, stipulation, or proviso" is recorded from late 14c. in English. The sense of "ending" seems to have fallen from the word between Latin and French.