A great many surprises must open out in real life as in great fiction, or we descend into the rigidity of myth.
Here he finds the ground prepared for the anti-semitic attack on rigidity, stubbornness, inflexibility as Jewish qualities.
It has since shed much of that rigidity, and the result has been positive.
early 15c., from Latin rigidus "hard, stiff, rough, severe," from rigere "be stiff," from PIE *reig- "stretch (tight), bind tightly, make fast" (cf. Old Irish riag "torture," Middle High German ric "band, string"). Related: Rigidly.
rigidity ri·gid·i·ty (rĭ-jĭd'ĭ-tē)
The quality or state of stiffness or inflexibility. Also called rigor.
An aspect of the personality characterized by resistance to change.