What is the definition of "grotesque" in Winesburg, Ohio? How do you relate it to two characters in the book?

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Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is a very interesting, albeit somewhat confusing book.  Even the concept on "the grotesque," which acts as a motif throughout the book, is as difficult to fully visualize as its definition suggests.  In the introductory preface, entitled "The Book of the Grotesque," Anderson presents the following information:

That in the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were the truths and they were all beautiful.
. . . There was the truth of virginity and the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and of poverty, of thrift and of profligacy, of carelessness and abandon. Hundreds and hundreds were the truths and they were all beautiful.
And then the people came along. Each as he appeared snatched up one of the truths and some who were quite strong snatched up a dozen of them.
It was the truths...

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