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Still watching the student nurses, Mc. Neil saw that two were deathly white, a third had gasped snd turned away; the other three were stoically watching. Hailey

The author uses the above mentioned epithets to give better picture of the inner state of the characters. The word pale is rather neutral, while deathly white is emotionally coloured. It gives a vivid picture.

The golden strain of Polynesia betrayed itself in the sun-gilt of his skin and cast up golden sheens, and lights through the glimmering blue of his eyes. J. London

The author uses reversed epithets in the above extract to touch the readers imagination. With the use of epithets, J. London makes emotionally coloured description of the character.

On the bottom of the huge and glassy lagoon was much pearl shell, and from the deck of the schooner, across the slender ring of the atoll, the divers could be seen at work.

    J. London

The author uses simple epithet glassy to show that the water in this lagoon was pure.

The sun had disappeared, and a lead-coloured twilight settled down. J. London


He steeled himself to keep above the suffocating languor that lapped like a rising tide through all the wells of his being. J. London

The author uses hyperbole to show that the hero was unable to say a single word at that moment.

You couldnt win from me in a thousand years, Danny assured him. J. London

The author uses the above-mentioned expression to show that there were no chances to win from Danny. J. London makes us see, that the hero considers himself to be a very good player.

He saw the perambulating corpses, the ghastly deaths heads of men who laborated in the dye rooms. J. London

Using expression the perambulating corpses the author points out that these men are exhausted with their hard and hazardous work.


Jim Cardegee awoke, choking, bewildered, starting down the twin wells of steel. J. London

The author uses the above-mentioned metaphor to describe shot-guns. A word denoting one object is applied to another for the purpose of suggesting a likeness between them.

Young puppies and old gray dogs who ought to have known better oh, they all came up and crawled around her skirts and whined and fawned when she whistled. J. London

The author uses the above-mentioned metaphor to describe old and young men.

To me he is power he is the primitive the wild wolf, the striking rattlesnake, the stinging centipede, said Arrellano. J. London

    The author compares the hero with the wild creatures.

In the whole atoll not two stones remained one upon another.

    J. London

The author uses metaphor to stress that nothing safe remained in the whole atoll.


At times his mind wandered farther afield, and he plodded on, a mere automation, strangeconceits and whimsicalities gnawing at his brain like worms. J. London

The simple simile. The author draws a comparison between two different things minds and worms.

Hethrew off his pack and went into the rush grass on hands and knees, crunching and munching, like some bovine creature.

    J. London

The sustained simile. The author draws the suggestive analogue.

    His joints were like rusty hinges.
    J. London

Again the rifles of the soldiers of Porfirio Diaz cracked, and again he dropped to the ground and slunk away like some hunted coyote of the hills. J. London


The present storm had been born five days ago in the lee of the Colorado. Hailey

    The author personificates the storm.

Just as daylight laid its steel-gray fingers on the parchment window, Jacob Kent awoke. J. London

    The author compares the daylight with a human being.

A see swept up the beach, licking around the trunks of the coconuts and subsiding almost at their feet. J. London

    The author shows similarity between the sea and the animal

The sight of his meekly retreating back must have further enraged Patsy Horan, forthat worthy, dropping the table implements, sprang upon him. J. London

The French, with no instinct for colonization, futile in their childish playgameof developing the resources of the island, were only too glad to see the English company succeed.

    J. London

Well, thought Alice to herself, after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs. How brave theyll all think me at home! Why, I wouldnt say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house(Which was very likely true) L. Carroll

if you drink much from a bottle marked poison, it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. L. Carroll


They grew frightened, sitting thus and facing their own apprehensions and a callous, tobacco-smoking audience. J. London

    He returned with an easier air to the table and his meal.
    H. G. Wells

The one martyr who might, perhaps, have paid him a visit and a fee did not show herself. A. Bennett

She broke off under the strain of her illiteracy and an overloaded stomach. A. Cronin

What are you guys doing having a supper and ladies night. A. Hailey


The barman leant his fat red arms on the counter and talked of horses with an anaemic cabman, while a black-bearded man in grey snapped up biscuit and cheese, drank Burton, and conversed in American with a policeman off duty. (sort of beer) H. G. Wells

I made off up the roadway to Bloomsbury Square, intending to strike north past the Museum and so get into the quiet district. (British Museum) H. G. Wells

The pistol snapped its penultimate shot and ripped a valuable Sidney Cooper. (ripped a canvas) H. G. Wells


The thought was like some sweet, disarranging poison to Clyde. T. Dreiser

Oxymoron is a specific type of an epithet, which is always contrary to the verb or noun it modifies. With the use of the above-mentioned oxymoron the author shows that this thought was pleasant to Clyde, but at the same time dangerous.

When Clyde appeared to be the least reduced in mind she most affected this patter with him, since it had an almost electric, ifsweetly tormenting effect on him. T. Dreiser

    You baddie, good boy.
    T. Dreiser
    It tortured and flustered him.
    T. Dreiser
    I had not! Cried the Mouse, sharply and very angrily.

A knot! said Alice, always ready to make herself useful, and looking anxiously about her.

    Oh, do let me help to undo it!

I shall do nothing of the sort, said the Mouse, getting up and walking away. L. Carroll

You see the earth takes twenty-four hours to turn round on its axis - Talking of axes, said the Dormouse, chop off her head!

    L. Carroll

No, please go on! Alice said very humbly: I wont interrupt you again. I dare say there may be one (pronoun) One, indeed! said the Dormouse, without considering at all this time. (numeral) L. Carroll

Take some more tea, the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. Ive had nothing yet, Alice replied in an offended tone, so I cant take more. You mean, you cant take less, said the Hatter: Its very easy to take more than nothing... Carroll


Most of the children here have had measles. Those that havent are sure to have it sooner or later. A. J. Cronin

His cigar bobbed up and down, discharging ash partly on himself, partly on the polished linoleum floor. A. Hailey

It was a signal of tuberculosis; whether old or recent they would know in a moment. A. Hailey

Storm or not, contracts decreed that air freight perishables must arrive at destination fresh, and swiftly.

    Detached construction

His place of business whatever high-class dentists choose to call it was quite ready for him when he arrived at Hanbridge. A. Bennett

She had a warmth of spirit he had once described it to himself as a strong kindness that was at once soothing and restoring. A. Hailey

As he watched her now she had stopped to speak with one of the interns he saw her raise a hand and push back her hair from the side of her face. A. Hailey

After tea, while Mary had gone to wash the dishes, - she insisted that Christine looked tired, - Andrew detached the baby from Mrs. Boland and played with it on the hearthrug before the fire.

    A. J. Cronin

He ran up the porch steps, threw open the front door and there, in the hall, he found Llewellyn. A. J. Cronin

The author inserts the phrase in the hall into this statement to give additional information. This sentence is logically and grammatically completed even without this phrase.

Next he constructed, very simply, a dust chamber in which for certain hours of the day the animals were exposed to concentrations of the dust, others being unexposed the controls. Cronin

With the word the controls the author gives explanation of other animals being unexposed.

    Anadiplosis (linking, reduplication)
    He asked her to step in, and in she stepped.

The author uses the same phrase both at the end of a clause and at the beginning of the successive one.

There was a cold bitter taste in the air, and new-lighted lamps looked sad. Sad were the lights in the houses opposite. K. Mansfield

The author uses the same word sad both at the end of a sentence and at the beginning of the successive one.

With one hand, Danny was using a red telephone; with the other, leafing through emergencyorders Mels orders, carefully drawn up for occasions such as this. Hailey

The author uses the same phrase both at the end of a clause and at the beginning of the successive one.

    You see these three teeth?

The author uses ellipsis to show that the character speaks in familiar colloquial tone.

They should be through, or almost. They might be if we could find the frigging truck Hailey

The word through is omitted, though the context of the sentence does not suffer.

You can have your bit of snap straight off to-night. No surgery. Dai Jenkins done it.

    Omission of link verb Dai Jenkins has done it

A pause, then more aggressively, Any other damnfool stupid notion? A. Hailey


With a laugh he would rise, stretch himself, swing round his lenses, put the slides away.

    A. J. Cronin

The author writes without conjunctions in order to speed up the action.

    Bicket did not answer his throat felt too dry.
    Here we can see the absence of the conjunction because.

He glanced up, laid down his cigarette, went into the hall. A. J. Cronin

His shoes were black laced boots, good boots, honest boots, standard boots, extraordinarily uninteresting boots.

    S. Lewis

The children began upon the chocolate biscuits and ended with a fight for the last piece of bread.

    A. J. Cronin

The author creates a comic effect with this unexpected ending of the sentence.

They were going to give him a free hand, back him up with their immense authority, turn him loose on his clinical research. But, gentlemen, Billy suddenly pipped, shuffling himself a new deal from his coat pockets, beforeDoctor Manson goes on with this problem, before we can feel ourselves at liberty to allow himto concentrate his efforts upon it, there is another and, more pressing matter, which I feel he ought to take up. A. J. Cronin

Perhaps its a call, Chris! Think of it! My first Aberalaw case. He dashed into the hall.

It was not a case, however, but Doctor Llewellyn, telefoning his welcome from his home at the other end of the town.

    A. J. Cronin

The gray suit was well cut, well made, and completely undistinguished. His shoes were black laced boots, good boots, honest boots, standard boots, extraordinarily uninteresting boots.

    S. Lewis

He told her she was a sweet, exquisite child. He told herhe had been a brute to her but that for the rest of his life he would be a carpet not red, since she interjected her objection to that colour on which she might tread. He told her much more than that. A. J. Cronin

Here the author uses a serial repetition of the phrase he told her at the beginning of 3 consecutive sentences.

She laughed till the tears ran down her cheeks. She laughed so hard that he sat up, concerned. A. J. Cronin

Could a man own anything prettier thanthis dining-table with its deep tints, the starry, soft-petalled roses, the ruby-coloured glass, and quaint silver furnishing; could a man own anything prettier than a woman who sat at it? J. Galsworthy

The author uses repetition of the phrase could a man own anything prettier than at the beginning of the sentence and at the beginning of the clause.


Dear God, he had done it! He had done it! He was through, he had done it! A. J. Cronin

Repeated unit is placed at the end of consecutive sentences.

    The reports are taking too long. Much too long.
    A. Hailey

I havent got a job. Im not looking for a job. Furthermore, I am not going to look for a job. J. London

The author repeats a word job at the end of consecutive sentences.

    Good afternoon, said Mr. Cowlishaw Have youCan I

The character is worried, this why he cant end his statements.

But, George, maybe its very important for you to go and learn all that about cattle judging and soils and those things Of course, I dont know. O. Wilde

The author uses aposiopesis to show the nervousness and worry of the character.

Listen, Emily, Im going to tell you why Im not going to Agriculture School. I think that once youre found a person that youre very fond of I mean a person whos fond of you, too, and likes you enough to be interested in your character Well, I think thats just as important as college is, and even more so. Thats what I think. O. Wilde


I know there was a bit of misunderstanding between your Tom and me. But its Christmas and oh, well, I want he broke down lamely, - I mean, Id be awfully pleased if the three of you would come round and help us eat our Christmas dinner.

    A. J. Cronin

The author uses hyperbaton to show the high-strung state of the speakers mind.

The fact is Id begun to ask myself if you werent too slight, too much of a kid ever to oh, well, Im delighted. But were not going to get sentimental. Slushy, I mean. No, no! Lets leave that sort of thing to Mr. And Mrs. Smith. A. J. Cronin

I slipped in. Nobody knows I am here. I wanted to see you. I came to tell you I have been very foolish. I came because I could no longer stay away, because my heart compelled me to come, becausebecause I wanted to come. J. London


A mistake had been made, and yet it was not a wanton mistake. Hailey

The author reiterates the same word mistake at the beginning and at the end of a sentence.

    He was no speaker and he knew that he was no speaker.
    J. Cronin

The author reiterates the same phrase he was no speaker at the beginning and at the end of a sentence.

A bubble of mucus came from one tiny nostril, a joyful iridescent bubble. A. J. Cronin

    My brain is the same old brain.
    J. London

Perhaps its a call, Chris! Think of it! My first Aberalaw case. He dashed into the hall.

    A. J. Cronin
    The author makes detachments to enhance their emphasis.

Well, well! This is splendid. Delighted to meet you. Come along in here. A. J. Cronin

But were not going to get sentimental. Slushy, I mean. No, no! A. J. Cronin


Ping! Went the door again. Before Andrew could answer, Doctor Philip Denny and Hawkins disappeared into the wet darkness.

    J. Cronin
    Direct onomatopoeia.

It sometimes amused outsiders to see snow removal groups, plow blades down, blowers roaring, on a hot, sunny day. A. Hailey

    Direct onomatopoeia.

Krr krr krr ki ki ki krr. Damn! said Christine concisely. Only one motor horn in Aberalaw could sound like that.

    J. Cronin

Direct onomatopoeia. The author imitates natural sound of the horn of the car.


Heavily, like a dying man, he took stock of them: his patients, gathered, despite the fine summer evening, to pay tributeto his manner, his personality. J. Cronin

The author sets side by side two analogous phrases: his manner, his personality in order to reinforce the point.

Mel, airport general manager lean, rangy, and a powerhouse of disciplined energy was standing by the Snow Control Desk, high in the control tower. A. Hailey

He spoke very angrily and pitterly, and looked straight ahead while he talked. E. Hemingway


Here she would sit, sewing and knitting, while he worked at the table. A. J. Cronin

The author uses a purposeful reversal of the natural order of words with a view to heightening their effect.

    With all this behind them surely they would not starve.
    A. J. Cronin
    Gone now was his pretence of indifference.
    A. J. Cronin

A diputation from the Committee, five of them, including Ed Chenkin, and escorted by Parry you know, the Sinai minister and a man Davies. A. J. Cronin

The author uses polysyndeton to bring out every detail and to slow down the action.

It was possible to buy fruit and fish and vegetables cheaply there. A. J. Cronin

He brought his arm down and stopped smiling and looked at the fire hydrant and beyond the fire hydrant the gutter and beyond the gutter the street, Ventura, and on both sides of the street houses and in the houses people and at the end of the street the country where the vineyards and orchards were and streams and meadows and then mountains and beyond the mountains more cities and more houses and streets and people. W. Saroyan


If theyd done anything to you after all youve done for me Id Oh! Id have killed that old President. J. Cronin

    The author juxtaposes two ideas.

It looks to me, continued Soames, as if she were sweeter on him than he is on her. Shes always following him about. J. Galsworthy

Gratitude was no virtue among Forsytes, who, competitive, and full of commonsense, had no occasion for it; and Soames only experienced a sense of exasperation amounting to pain, thathe did not own her as it was his right to own her, that he could not, as by stretching out his hand to that rose, pluck her and sniff the very secrets of her heart.

    J. Galsworthy

In the days of old men made the manners; Manners now make men J. Byron

This is a famous epigram by Byron, the author, who favoured chiasmus.

Surely they dont want me for myself, for myself is the same old self they did not want. J. London

    Climax (Gradation)

He was sick, shattered, on the verge of a complete collapse. J. Cronin

The author gives gradual increase in emotional evaluation of the condition of the character.

His startled sisters looked, and before the servant girl could get there, the bread platewobbled, slid, flew to the floor, and broke into shivers. K. Mansfield

They looked at hundreds of houses; they climed thousands of stairs; they inspected innumerable kitchens. S. Maugham

    Here the climax is achieved by simple numerical increase.

So he sat and jawned, and gazed at the crowd crowding to the match at two oclock, crowding back in the gloom at four oclock Bennett

Alliteration is the repetition of similar consonants at the beginning of neighbouring words.

    She wrinkled her brows in a puzzled frown.
    J. Galsworthy

The articulation of r is used to reinforce the expression.

    Forget and forgive, she cried passionately.
    J. London

But he was angry now, his nervousness lost in a swelling indignation at the ignorance, the intolerant stupidity of Chenkins accusation, and the acclamation with which the others had received it. A. J. Cronin


He wrote and wrote, never looking at the clock, filling sheet after sheet, until his head reeled. J. Cronin

    [ u u u I: I: e I: ]

Assonance deliberate repetition of like sounding vowels in neighbouring words with a view to heightening their effect.

When he opened his eyes again he started, seeing something creeping swiftly up a tree. D. H. Lawrence

    [ai a: I: I: ]
    Rhetorical Question

1. Could a man own anything prettier than this dining-table with its deep tints, the starry, soft-petalled roses, the ruby-coloured glass, and quaint silver furnishing; could a man own anything prettier than a woman who sat at it?

    J. Galsworthy

Rhetorical question is a question which requires no answer, and is used merely to emphasise a point.

2. Please, my dear fellow - Llewellyn entreated who could help an accident like that? I beg of you go up and console your wife. J. Cronin

3. She took the vase of roses and left the room. Soames remained seated. Was it for this that he had signed that contract? Was it for this that he was going to spend some ten thousand pounds?

    J. Galsworthy

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